GamesBeat lead writer Dean Takahashi interviews Mark Pincus, CEO of social gaming firm Zynga, about crossing over from social games to mobile.
“We found on Facebook that games can get viral and pass through a lot of people,” Pincus said. “Really, on mobile, games spread through word of mouth. It happens in pools and hotels and airplanes. It doesn’t happen online. I’m excited about when it can happen online, and it can happen at a much faster rate.”
Pincus said his company goes head-to-head against rivals in existing game genres by making experiences more social and modifying them to suit consumer tastes after they ship. He says the result is usually an expansion of a game genre to many more consumers than what previously existed in the category. That effect, he says, is a blue-ocean strategy, not a red-ocean strategy (market-share battle).
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