MySpace Launches Gaming Channel; Produces First Original Drama

MySpace has tapped casual gamer Oberon Media to help the social net develop its own games channel by next year, Reuters reported. As currently conceived, MySpace Games will offer its members free casual games, which they’ll be able to add on to their websites, and allows users to invite friends to participate in multiplayer games and chat while they are playing. Oberon recently did some restructuring, which we reported on first here.

MySpace Debuts First Original Series: While MySpace readies the “network quality” series quarterlife (our earlier report here), the Fox Interactive Media (NYSE: NWS) unit has launched its first original scripted web series, Roommates this week. The show, which focuses on the lives of eight former college roommates, is being produced by Iron Sink Media, which has created other web series such as WeHoGirls and VanNuysGuys. Ford has signed on as the main sponsor. The first of 45 episodes will be shown on MySpaceTV with new episodes debuting each weekday at 1:00 pm PT/ 4:00 pm ET through December 21.Release