Hi5′s President Believes Facebook’s Social Gaming Days Are Numbered

Tue, Jul 6, 2010

Facebook, Social

It’s no secret that hi5′s president Alex St. John is not happy with Facebook’s dominance of the social gaming world along with Zynga’s business practices. Well, then it should be no surprise that he’s back, with a vengeance to stir the pot once again:

“Facebook stumbled onto a really exciting new gaming phenomenon and they’re going to walk away from it or accidentally screw it up. WildTangent, Real Networks and Big Fish [specialised casual gaming services] are immensely grateful that Yahoo screwed up gaming and gave us their audiences. Facebook will do the exact same thing,” he said.

Not only that, St. John also takes no prisoners when it comes to the social games that people are playing on Facebook: “The Zynga and Facebook guys are just scratching the most naive edge of online commerce models,” he said. “The commerce platform that I built at WildTangent and that Big Six has built are decades ahead in sophistication and capability. It’s rolling out now and we’re going to show the social media industry what it means to really make money from these games.”

So, what do you think? Does St. John have a point regarding Facebook’s future? Let us know below.

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  • Drew

    Sounds like facebook envy