September 30, 2010 VentureBeat noted the following from a Microsoft GM at the GigaOm Mobilize conference:
In addition to bringing social games like Zynga’s Farmville to the Windows Phone, Microsoft is sparing no expense in helping develop traditional 2D and 3D games for the platform that would mimic the XBox Live experience on a console, Thompson said.
Of course, that was interpreted to mean that Farmville was coming to Windows Phones. And since that’s a Zynga title maybe there was hope that their other titles would follow. To date we have zero Zynga titles…except every day I have to listen to Doug Smith whine about how WP7 cannot be his daily driver because it lacks Zynga titles and all of his friends use iPhones so the Xbox Live draw doesn’t cut it for him. Seriously annoying. But back to the topic, what the heck man? I mean there’s been no news about this title and no noise at all about Zynga bringing their titles to the platform. The best I can do is re-interpret the quote to suggest that Thompson was merely speaking about social games and using Farmville as an example of what a social game is but not implying that that social game was coming. Weak sauce.
Anyway, what’s your thoughts on what the lack of Zynga titles means for Windows Phones?