MySpace announces MySpace Games casual gaming service

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oberon.jpgMySpace has revealed its next big push: into casual online games. The social network is launching MySpace Games early next year, in partnership with gaming firm Oberon Media.

It’ll let you play hundreds of web games, including multiplayer titles, while also sharing them via your MySpace profile. The games will all be free of charge, and will tie into MySpace, for example letting you play against your friends. In-game chat will also feature heavily. MySpace and Oberon are promising “further community initiatives” in early 2008 too.

It’s big news, and a logical fit for MySpace given Oberon’s emphasis on community and multiplayer games. It’s also something to differentiate MySpace from rival social networks – although there are Facebook application games, they’re not given huge emphasis by Facebook itself.

Oberon Media website

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Stuart Dredge