Venture Beat reports that Facebook paid out a whopping $1.4 billion to game developers and app creators last year. Facebook’s games product manager, Matt Wyndowe, made the announcement this morning at the 2012 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and gave some insight into just how serious Facebook is about social gaming.
“As early as 2010, we didn’t have a dedicated game team. Now we have 40 full-time people on games. We meet weekly with Zuck (CEO Mark Zuckerberg) and Brett Seyler (CTO).” Wyndowe said.
Wyndowe touched on some of the improvements Facebook has made to make it easier for users to discover and install new games. The company introduced a “Recently Played” item on users News Feeds to show them what games their friends have been enjoying. Wyndowe also touted Timeline as a way to create “stories” for games, such as surpassing a high score or other similar achievement. These improvements have reportedly increased installs by 60%.
The company reasserted their commitment to game developers, with Wyndowe stating, “If you make a really high quality game, our job is to bring you massive distribution and make you a lot of money.”