The arena of social gaming is a hotly contested one, with two equally enthusiastic schools of thought on whether or not they even count as MMOs. Regardless of your opinion, social gaming is here to stay, and more and more developers are turning their attention to the games (and the profits they potentially represent.) The very nature of social gaming allows development teams to take it in either direction: a distinctly non-MMO direction such as Bejeweled
, or the ever-growing MMO format
It's a relatively new and growing market, and several developers sat down earlier today to take a look at it during the Flash Games Summit
. Moderator Sana Choudray of Traffichoney
led a discussion of what is needed for a successful social game, as well as where they stand now and where they will go in the future.
While the developers acknowledged that social gaming is lacking at the moment, they all agreed that it's only going to grow over the next year or two. The full discussion
is well worth a read.