June 22, 2011 at 6:45 PM ET
Just when you thought there wasn't a tech frontier left for Google to make its mark on comes news that the search giant is finally ready to wade into gaming.
The listing reads in part:
Rare opportunity to grow a brand-new business — Games at Google! We are looking for a strategic, technical and game-loving Product Manager to drive Google's gaming strategy. You will design strategies for game distribution and discovery, player identity, game mechanics, and more. In addition to designing a great user experience and building out key partnerships, you will be significantly influencing Google's social platform as you work directly with a critical set of early adopters, game developers.
What Games at Google is all about remains to be seen. The company hasn't said anything officially. But as the job listing indicates, it will have something to do with social: "Interesting and impactful decisions involving social gaming, privacy, virality, business, and technical APIs await you and the strong, passionate team of gamers you will work with."
Might social gaming giant Zynga be involved? After all, the company behind "FarmVille," "FrontierVille" and "CityVille" appeared to have quietlypartnered with Google last year for some kind of joint gaming venture.
Now that we think about it, GoogleVille does have a nice ring to it.
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