Facebook and Zynga update status: "It's complicated"

News Rene Millman Nov 30, 2012

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Facebook and Zynga have loosened the ties between to the two companies in an amended agreement that ends most of the socail network's exclusive rights to Zynga games.

The new deal means that Facebook will be free to develop its own games from next March. However, the social networking giant said that it was "not in the business of building games and we have no plans to do so,” the firm said in a statement. “We’re focused on being the platform where games and apps are built.”

According to a regulatory filing on Thursday, Zynga said the amendments would come into effect on 13th May next year. The deal means that requirements that Zynga show advertisements served by Facebook are removed as well as offering acebook Credits as payment on Zynga gaming websites.

Zynga will also revert to Facebook's standard terms and conditions for game developers. This ends the firm's special relationship with Facebook, which was a bone of contention for other game developers.

"We have streamlined our terms with Zynga so that Zynga.com's use of Facebook Platform is governed by the same policies as the rest of the ecosystem," Facebook said in its statement. "We will continue to work with Zynga, just as we do with developers of all sizes, to build great experiences for people playing social games through Facebook."

The agreement also no longer requires Zynga to use Facebook as a primary platform to launch social games. The social gaming firm also no longer needs to use Facebook login exclusively for games hosted outside the Facebook platform, Facebook said in its filing.

Following the announcement Zynga's share price fell by 12 per cent in after hours trading. Zynga said it would be investing in its own platform as well as other mobile platforms and integrating some of its games on platforms including Google+.

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