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Zynga Gets $200 Million To Develop Google Games

Google has invested $100-200 million in web-based games developer Zynga, to help launch Google Games, TechCrunch reports.

Citing unnamed sources, TechCrunch says that the investment is a part of a month-old deal between Google and Zynga, under which, the game developer will be working with Google to develop the Google Games platform.

Zynga, the developer behind popular Facebook games including Farmville, Mafia Wars and FrontierVille, has already raised around half a billion dollars in capital funding, including $150 million from Softbank Capital.

TechCrunch states that the investment, made by Google itself rather than by its investment arm Google Ventures, will allow Zynga to develop the base for the Google Games social gaming platform.

Experts speculate that Google Games could be integrated with the rumoured Google Me social networking platform.

The sources cited by TechCrunch report that Zygna will make around $350 million revenue during the first half of 2010.