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Google Closes Social App, Game Developer Slide
Google Closes Social App, Game Developer Slide
August 29, 2011 | By Tom Curtis

Google has announced that it has decided to shut down its social app and game development studio Slide, a startup the search engine giant purchased for $182 million just one year ago.

Coinciding with the studio closure, Slide leader Max Levchin and head of product Jared Fliesler will be departing Google, reports AllThingsD.

"Max has decided to leave Slide and Google to pursue other opportunities, and we wish him the best," a Google spokesperson said. "Most of the team from Slide will remain at Google to work on other opportunities."

Since its acquisition by Google, Slide has worked on a number of social apps such as the web-based SuperPoke Pets and the picture-sharing app Photovine, which launched two weeks ago on August 17.

Since Google purchased Slide, the studio has existed separately from the rest of the company's social efforts, reports AllThingsD. For instance, while Google executives Vic Gundotra and Bradley Horowitz led the charge in developing the Google+ social network, Slide and Max Levchin existed as a smaller subsidiary reporting to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Earlier this month, Google debuted its first set of third party social games on Google+, with apps from popular developers such as Zynga, PopCap, Wooga, and more.

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Becky Ryman
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It is hard for me too understand why they would shut down Spp, which is a game that teaches responsibility, love and friendship but chooses to keep a game about something thats against the law up and running (DOGWARS). Shame on Google!!!!!!

penelope buchanan
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google has deceived all the fans of superpoke pets with lies that they were not going to close the site down .they letting many of us continue to by items with our money knowing all this time they were going to shut the site down. BOYCOTT GOOGLE LIKE I HAVE AND MANY OTHERS..

Tracey Sheets
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I'm at a loss as to why Google has decided to get rid of SuperPoke Pets, a game with millions of players and a fan base that includes men and women and ages range from young children to the elderly. I am a 38 year old disabled female. I am wheelchair bound and only leave my home to go to Doctor appointments. I don't have much opportunity to participate in real world activities. I read books, play Facebook games, spend time with my husband and play SUPERPOKE PETS. I have friends from around the world that I have made thru SuperPoke Pets. This game is art therapy and social interaction for me.

I really do not understand why Google can't offer SPP on Google+. Playing SPP was the only reason I was going to try out Google+.

Why get rid of a game that is so children friendly and wholesome?

I am going to miss my little virtual bunny, Snowball. I created her in April of 2009. The game is simply adorable and the SPP community deserves better treatment than this.