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Microsoft Launches Integrated Social Gaming Hub

Microsoft has partnered with Facebook game developer CrowdStar to bring social gaming to its web sites, in the form of the Microsoft Game Hub.

According to the company, the Game Hub will offer an integrated social gaming experience across three major Microsoft platforms - Bing Games, MSN Games and Windows Live Messengers.

Users will be able to sign-in to the Game Hub using their Facebook IDs or Windows Live IDs and can browse through their friends' status updates, send casual gaming challenges to friends, track and save their favourite games and view game scores, irrespective of the platform they are using.

The company said that people playing games on any one of these websites will now be able to see their friends status updates and send each other game challenges.

CrowdStar, which has a user base of 50 million, will first publish its games on Bing Games before rolling them out for other Microsoft platforms.

Michael Wolf, senior marketing manager for Xbox Product Marketing said: “With today’s announcements, we’ve made it easier to find and play the games you love while connecting to the people who matter most to you.”