Facebook is on the look-out for an executive to oversee its online gaming activities as it seeks to cement its place at the top of the social gaming tree.
The site, which now boasts 500m users, is seeking a deal-maker to negotiate with top publishers and developers in order to bring some high profile titles to the site.
The move may have something to do with renewed speculation that Google might be about to mount a serious challenge to Facebook’s social gaming crown with its own gaming service.
The job posting says: “Facebook is seeking a leader for our Strategic Partner Development team to develop and enhance successful partnerships and influence internal and external partners and industry stakeholders in the Gaming industry.”
The ad also requests at least ten years of industry experience and the ability to think creatively and manage a large team, which is the biggest indicator yet that Facebook plans to build its own titles.
It adds: “This job requires high levels of creativity and strategic thinking, as you’ll be called upon to help both large, incumbent gaming companies as well as venture-backed gaming start-ups develop innovative social gaming experiences building on Facebook Platform.”
Could this mean we’re likely to see GTA mini games or even mini-versions of our most treasured strategy games played against our pals on Facebook?