If you glance at the top lineup of gaming applications on the Facebook or MySpace platform, you'll notice an interesting fact. Not one is the product of a major gaming publisher. Instead a group of independent gaming startups have been the leaders in publishing games within social networks.
Co-founders of the gaming publisher Playfish, Kristian Segerstråle and Sebastien de Halleux, chalk up the growth to a profound platform shift social networks have introduced into the gaming marketplace. Traditionally, large publishers have lorded over the $50 billion gaming industryby controlling two things: access and distribution. Be it a console game or the latest PC title, only big companies could shoulder the large costs of distribution deals and advertising involved in bringing a game to market.