Big Game Makers Like EA Pulling Titles From Google+

By FOXBusiness

Video-game makers like Electronic Arts’ (NYSE:EA) PopCap division and Berlin-based Wooga are pulling their games from Google+ in the latest black eye for the one-year-old social network as it struggles to gain traction and compete with larger rival Facebook (NYSE:FB).

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PopCap’s popular Bejeweled Blitz and Wooga’s Bubble Island and Diamond Dash will be removed from Google+ within the next few weeks.

The Wooga games "will follow Monster World in leaving the Google+ platform,” Wooga confirmed to on Friday.

While the Monster World game’s page still exists on Google+, a message pops up when trying to download the game that says “Monster World Says Goodbye,” followed by a caption that says the title would come down on May 1.

A Wooga spokesperson would not comment further on what drove its decision to pull the games. Electronic Arts confirmed that it will pull Bejeweled on June 18.

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“PopCap has decided to suspend Bejeweled Blitz on Google+ to redeploy our resources to other adaptations of Bejeweled,” a spokesman said. “Certainly, Google is a valuable gaming partner for PopCap and EA, and we’ll continue to develop for Google platforms.”

Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) social network has been struggling to build a following base and keep up with the massive growth and popularity of Facebook.