Is Facebook planning to develop its own

December 19 [Wed], 2012, 4:58
As() continues its and its , the gaming company has revised its contract with() to free it from being forced to launch games exclusively on the Facebook platform and obligated to use Facebook Credits for Zynga game pages, according toAllThingsD.The change of terms filed with the SEC also includes a clause that states Facebookwill no longer be prohibited from developing its own games on March 31, 2013. Could Facebook start developing its own social games? Theoretically, yes. But would Facebook reallyjeopardize its relationships with game developers who already make games for its social network? Probably not.

Were not in the business of building games and we have no plans to do so, a Facebook spokesman told AllThingsD.Were focused on being the platform where games and apps are built.

AllThingsDsreport says the change in terms isnt so much as a bid by Facebook to make its own games, but to shed its dependence on Zynga to supply it with hit games. The new revised terms give Facebook more leverage and other game developers such as Wooga and greater incentive to create games.

At the end of the day, Facebook is a publicly traded company chasing profits, . It might not be developing games today, but that doesnt mean it wont create them in the future. The new terms with Zynga now leaves that door open, should it want to make its own games one day.

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