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Ken Rutkowski  (Source:
Forty to 50 percent of time spent on Facebook is dedicated to playing games

A successful entrepreneur has predicted that Facebook will be the largest bank by 2015.

Ken Rutkowski, founder and president of Metal International, is an observer of technology and an entrepreneur. Recently, he stated that Facebook would be the biggest bank by 2015 because of Facebook Credits found in games.

Facebook has become a powerhouse in the social networking industry since its launch in 2004. It currently has over 600 million active users, and even had a movie made about its creation called "The Social Network." 

In addition to just socializing with friends, Facebook allows its users to connect through playing games like Farmville, which was developed by Zynga. Farmville is undoubtedly Zynga's most popular game with an estimated value of $12 billion.

"Facebook will be the largest bank by 2015," said Rutkowski. "I hear you say 'how can they be a bank, what's going on?' If you play games on Facebook, which, by the way 40 to 50 percent of the time spent on Facebook is playing games, and those games - like Farmville and Mafia Wars - are paid for and you have to buy credits for that and they are called Facebook Credits." 

Rutkowski mentioned that "old school" media companies have a market capitalization of $241.7 billion while "new school" media companies are valued at $319.7 billion. 

Rutkowski also noted that people who do not have a Facebook profile may want to make one soon because if they don't, a profile will be made for them. 

"Why is it important to have a profile?" said Rutkowski. "They are going to start using that to determine what your credit worthiness is. By the way, if you don't have a profile they will make one for you, so it's better for you to create it and manage it than them. That's why you want to be selective with what you put on there. If you have kids that are being idiots online, make sure you stop them right away as they are creating a pretty negative profile long term and it happens often."

In other news, Rutkowski reported that Apple is now the most profitable retailer in the world. 

"Apple retail stores do $2400 per square meter of floor space compared with Tiffany's which does $700 per square meter per day," said Rutkowski. 

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RE: Unbelievable!
By augiem on 4/14/2011 1:44:39 PM , Rating: 2
EA has already been affected. Their iPhone games try to sell you cars and upgrades. I recall seeing some article recently where EA (I believe) just infused their social gaming wing with $100 M in an attempt to build that out and take some of the pie.

And yes, "real" gamers do play Farmville. Why? Because they're stuck at work with nothing better to do on breaks. It doesn't really matter if they play or not because real gamers are FAR smaller a market than "normal people." This argument was made before with the Wii. (I have nothing against Wii, at least they're games unlike Farmville.) Yes, Wii DID change gaming as a whole and is still having an effect. Kinect and Sony's magic ice cream cones wouldn't have existed without it. Kinect is the fastest selling consumer electronic device in history. That says something to me, and says even more to the management of these companies.

Least common denominator. In modern business, it wins. It's a slow process for something to degrade to that level because of resistance from people like us, but in the end, it does overtake. Ebay bought Southeby's. Volkswagen bought Porsche and Lamborghini. China bought America. Walmart always wins. And we get 10 super hero CG fest movies a year.

RE: Unbelievable!
By FITCamaro on 4/14/2011 5:44:26 PM , Rating: 2
So the real question is what is the next big retarded ass "video game" we can come up with to suck the money out of people's wallets like a fat chick sucks the frosting out a twinkie.

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