Google TV Adds Zynga Poker

December 12, 2011

Zynga Poker, with a current active membership of around 30 million players is now going to offer its online poker app to Google TV, as Google TV hopes to get more people utilizing the Web TV service.

The Zynga brand, which is home to the ever popular Farmville and Mafia Wars Facebook apps, is readying itself for a $900+ million public offering.

Google TV is no available on Blu-ray players, Sony TVs, and the Logitech Revue companion box, Google TV, owned by Google, is hoping to get more consumers on board with their recently added Android Market apps to their Google TV offerings. Zynga Poker is one of those Android-based platforms, and it is free to download.

Players of Zynga Poker can play Texas Hold ‘em with other players from around the world in tournaments and VIP tables. Much like other Facebook app games, players can send each other gifts such as poker chips, and they can chat together as well. Now by incorporating Google TV, the game becomes even more social and accessible. Users can also purchase other virtual items to increase their status and move up levels (like Farmville).

In a blog post published by Google, Zynga said, “Especially optimized for playing poker from the comfort of your own couch, Zynga Poker for Google TV features custom graphics and a new way to control the game with the Google TV remote. Up the ante and play Zynga Poker from just about anywhere, whether you’re commuting to work or taking a break to connect with friends.”

Zynga Poker was added to its Google+ Games last August, along with 15 other initial launches. Google invested at least $100 million into Zynga in hopes that users would spend more time on their social network and off of Facebook.


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