Facebook announced that it will be entering the mobile games publishing fray, hoping to help small to medium development teams who “don’t yet have the upfront resources for a paid strategy” go global, according to a report over at Pocket Gamer.

With 800 million monthly mobile users–260 million of those playing games–Facebook has a built-in audience just ready for Facebook-published mobile games. It sounds like a win-win strategy, and ten developers have already signed up.

In an email sent to 148Apps today, Facebook mentioned all ten by name:

The initial partners in the pilot program were identified by their high-quality, high-potential games. These initial partners and games include:

  • 5th Planet’s RPG card battle game, Dawn of the Dragons
  • Brainbow’s puzzle-packed adventure game, Dr. Newton: The Great Brain Adventure
  • Certain Affinity’s pirate-themed strategy game, Age of Booty: Tactics
  • Dragonplay’s social poker game, Live Hold’Em
  • Gameloft’s medieval strategy/simulation game, Kingdoms & Lords
  • Gamevil’s train management simulation Train City
  • KiwiGames’ quest-based exploration game, Shipwrecked
  • Outplay Entertainment’s explore-and-battle fantasy game, Monster Legacy
  • Space Ape’s multiplayer combat strategy game, Samurai Siege
  • WeMade Entertainment’s endless-running game WINDrunner

While a few of these developers don’t fit the “small to medium” developer team model in my opinion (Gameloft, Gamevil, WeMade), it could be a potential windfall for actual indie teams looking to get their well-made game out to a ready audience.

source: Pocket Gamer