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Friday, July 12, 2013

CNET: Facebook's games business is doing better than ever, despite dissolving a relationship with Zynga.

Facebook had its most successful three-month period as a games platform between January and March, and generated roughly $213 million in revenue from payments, 15 percent more than it made in the same period last year.

Yet Facebook's profits from games, a relatively small side business in terms or revenue, seem destined to evaporate. The social network takes a 30 percent cut when players on Facebook buy digital goods from game-makers on the Web, but on mobile, where Facebook users are spending more of their time, the company makes zilch from games. Thanks to a different set of gatekeepers, Apple and Google get to take Facebook's cut of in-app payments to game developers.

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