A social game is a type of online game that is distributed primarily through social networks. Social games are most often implemented as browser games, but are not necessarily so. They are amongst the most popular games played in the world, with several products with tens of millions of players. Mafia Wars, FarmVille, FrontierVille and CityVille are more recent examples of very popular social games.
As the social networking world grows more pervasive. So does the potential of the social gaming market. Here is a glimpse at the growth of social gaming, in numbers. Some social games have bigger audiences than prime time TV shows. Around 68.7 million Americans will be playing social games by 2012, according to analysis firm eMarketer.
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