Facebook for gamers - Gameground

Posted by Mark Raby

While everyone thinks Facebook does everything perfectly, there's a growing social networking alternative for gamers that strongly disagrees.

The gaming-centric social networking service first opened its doors a couple years ago, and has gained some notoriety for its success in integrating players among multiple platforms.

The big news for GameGround is it has just received $5.3 million in funding from some of the biggest investors in the industry. That almost doubles its total funding to date.

GameGround is all about connecting players together, sharing their achievements, and finding gaming's best of the best. Unlike existing Facebook integration services, which can automatically post Xbox achievement and PS3 trophy accomplishments, GameGround aims to tell your complete gaming story.

"It’s not enough to know that a football game was played in Miami last week. You want to know who the quarterback was, how he did, and all of the other details," said co-founder Itzik Ben-Bassat.

In addition to letting everyone know every game detail of your life, GameGround is itself a game. You earn experience points based on how active you are on the site, allowing you to gain levels, compete in challenges, and earn rewards.

No one's ever going to overthrow Facebook. At least not any time soon. But if someone can create something interesting enough that Facebook users are willing to try it out as a secondary service, that should be considered a success. And it looks like Ben-Bassat has done just that.