Although Pincus says that in 18 months Zynga and Facebook could be best friends, the reliance on the social media site currently concerns the company. When things reached their worse, “both companies were both very prepared to break up. We were prepared to offer our games off of Facebook and they were prepared to not have our games,” says Pincus.
“I don’t think either of us blinked,” says Pincus, “I think that Mark and I both said ‘We think this is in the interest of our users and our companies, and we just have to figure out how to make a partnership work’. And at the end of the day we just had to say that we trusted each other.”
Although Zynga depends on the site (and is prepared to leave it), he understands that Zuckerberg needs to do what he can to make Facebook a “long term Internet treasure.”
In the end, says the Zynga founder, “You should see whether the mission of what you want to do is aligned with the mission fo the platform.”
We’re here at Madrone Studios with Mark Pincus, and you can watch a livestream of the event right here.