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[qi:020] First it was music, then web video, and now it is time for MySpace to turn the attention of its 100-million plus members to casual games. The company has signed a deal with Oberon Media, and two companies will create a new casual gaming channel on MySpace. MySpace Games will launch in January 2008.
MySpacers will be able to play games with friends, and they will also be able to embed game widgets on their profile pages. Social networks and games have been on a collision course, and we have written about this trend previously. Start-ups such as King.com, Boonty and Kongregate have been slowly turning their casual game portals into quas-social networks. MySpace is coming from the opposite direction. Games, like Scrabulous are quite popular on MySpace rival, Facebook.