Google+ has made another major step towards competing with Facebook by adding the ability to play games.
Users will now be able to engage with popular games such as Angry Birds, Zynga Poker and Sudoku as well as post social media content as of today.
This is not just a move to draw more users into using the social media website. It is also likely bring direct profits from the game publishers themselves.
CTV News report that Facebook bank 30 per cent of profits from any in-game transactions on its website and Google are likely to be charging a similar ratio.
This can certainly lead to some serious cash. Zynga, who produced the majority of Facebook’s most popular games, boasted an annual revenue of $600 million.
A statement from Google cited by techcrunch.com indicated that Google+ were hoping to add more of a social element to online gaming than Facebook does.
It read: “With the Google+ project, we want to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to the web but sharing is about more than just conversations.
“The experiences we have together are just as important to our relationships. We want to make playing games online just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in real life.”