Google has covertly invested as much as $200 million in the social gaming giant Zynga, according to media reports.
The speculation comes from ‘multiple sources’, anonymously tipping news site TechCrunch.
The report goes on to claim that Google is now preparing a new, ambitious launch of a dedicated games division.
The report reads: “Zynga will be the cornerstone of a new Google Games to launch later this year, say multiple sources”.
It adds: “Not only will Zynga’s games give Google Games a solid base of social games to build on, but it will also give Google the beginning of a true social graph as users log into Google to play the games”.
Develop has the full story.