Google+ gets another timed exclusive with Plarium’s Pirates: Tides of Fortune

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By Kathleen De Vere Comment

Google+ continues to expand its lineup of social games, today unveiling Pirates: Tides of Fortune, a swashbuckling strategy game that will be exclusive to Google+ for the next 30 days.

Unlike the social network’s previous high-profile exclusive releases from Kabam and Gameloft where the game is only available on G+ or the developer’s own website, Pirates: Tides of Fortune is actually an English language exclusive. The game is already available on Russian social network Vkontakte.

Pirates: Tides of Fortune was developed by Plarium, an Israeli developer that focuses mainly on social networks like Vkontke, Odnoklassniki and Mail.ru where it has more than 12 million monthly active users according the company’s business development manager Leonard Frankel. Plarium connected with Google during Google’s annual Developer Days conference in Tel Aviv and realized Google+ was a perfect springboard to the western market.

“Google+ is a great network for reaching these audiences,” explains Frankel. “The feel of the platform complements the fun experience Plarium offers in its games and they were a natural partner for us in this path.”

Working with Google+ was also hands-on according to Frankel, who praised the Google+ team for its support during the integration process. Frankel tells us that all games on Google+ are selectively screened, and new games are chosen for the social network after being reviewed by a Google+ team — which is what we’ve heard from other developers working with the platform team.

After the English version of Pirates: Tides of Fortune’s timed exclusivity period is over on Google+ Plarium will be bringing the game to Facebook and other local social networks in Europe and Asia.

While Inside Social Games did request information from Google about Google+’s usage and growth, a company spokesperson declined to share, stating it was too early in the social network’s lifespan release any specific metrics. In October Google announced at the Web 2.0 conference its social network had already reached 40 million users, but third party observers estimate the service now has at least 62 million users.

With the launch of Pirates: Tides of Fortune, Google+ now has 36 titles in its Games tab.