Even with the changes that took place in the MySpace Games arena back in March, the platform has still yet to receive the same sort of boost with social gamers as Facebook continually displays. The company hopes to change that though, with the announcement that Lolapps’ Manu Rehki has been named the new General Manager of MySpace Games.
As reported by GameZebo, MySpace Co-President Mike Jones has nothing but high hopes for Rehki, and what he’ll be able to do for the platform:
“He’ll be a really strong force for us to encourage more game-play and have better relationships with publishers of games and fine-tuning the MySpace system for allowing discovery.”
Will this staff change have any real effect on the popularity of MySpace Games as a social gaming destination? Maybe, maybe not. One would think that with the introduction of a “killer-app,” one not available on Facebook, the masses may be persuaded to once again log into those long-forgotten MySpace accounts in order to play it.
However, with the sheer amount of games already available to play on Facebook, it will take something major from the MySpace camp to make the vast majority of social gamers take notice. After all, according to data from research firm ComScore (as reported by the Los Angeles Times), Facebook users spend twice as much time on Facebook as MySpace users do on MySpace.
This is an interesting situation, and one that we’ll definitely keep our eyes on in the future. For now though, let us know in the comments – what can MySpace do to attract the numbers associated with Facebook games, or is the platform already too far gone, past the point of no return?