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Google+ Adds Games: Angry Birds, Bejeweled, Zynga Poker And More

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Google+, the search engine's recently launched social network, has announced a slew of popular games that will be added to the platform.

Soon, gamers on Google+ will enjoy titles like "Angry Birds," "Zynga Poker," "Bejeweled Blitz," "Sudoku" and many more--all while signed in to a Google+ account.

Games will begin rolling out to users on August 11, according to an announcement posted on the Official Google Blog by Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Engineering.

When the games are live on your account, writres Gundotra, a button for the Games page will live at the top of your Google+ stream.

"[From the Games page] [y]ou can see the latest game updates from your circles, browse the invites you’ve received and check out games that people you know have played recently," Gundotra explains. "The Games page is also where your game accomplishments will appear. So you can comfortably share your latest high score—your circles will only see the updates when they’re interested in playing games too."

Just as Google+ prioritizes the user's privacy preferences, the games were also designed with privacy concerns in mind. Ars Technica notes that updates about Google+ Games will stay within the Games page, where they "won't clutter the streams of those who aren't as enthusiastic."

TechCrunch points out that social gaming giant Zynga, known for its lucrative Facebook games, is one of the many developers on board with Google+ Games. "Google+ won’t have FarmVille or CityVille (those may be exclusive to Facebook via deal the two forged)," says TechCrunch, "but they will have Zynga Poker. And you can be sure other titles are coming."

The addition of games isn't exactly a surprise. Soon after Google+ went live, evidence of a social gaming network were discovered within the Google+ source code. But it certainly happened quickly, which seems to be the norm for Google+. Launched on June 28, the network has grown at a fast clip. A recent study published by comScore reports that Google+ attracted 25 million members in just over a month, making it the fastest-growing social network ever.

For a look at what the Google+ Games page will look like, check out the screenshot (below).

LOOK: [via Official Google Blog]

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