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Zynga Platform lands Konami

Playdemic and Rebellion have also joined the online-gaming platform, according to an announcement Zynga made at the Game Developers Conference.

The new Zynga platform.
The new Zynga platform. Zynga

The Zynga Platform has signed on a major partner.

The social-gaming company has inked a deal with Konami Digital Entertainment that will see the developer bring titles to the new Zynga Platform, the firms announced yesterday. Zynga has also signed on developers Rebellion and Playdemic.

Konami is one of the most-respected game developers in the world, thanks to its many successful franchises, including Metal Gear Solid, Contra, Silent Hill, and others. The Konami deal adds some additional legitimacy to Zynga Platform--a service that is still in its infancy.

Zynga announced its Platform service earlier this month. When gamers head over to, they'll have the option to play the social-gaming company's titles, as well as third-party games. The move is a not-so-subtle attempt on Zynga's part to break out from its heavy reliance upon Facebook and capitalize on the growth of online gaming. It's also something that many analysts are quite pleased with.

"We believe could alter the Zynga growth story going forward," Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson noted recently. "Importantly, represents a reclassification of Zynga's business model by adding other small-to-mid sized developers as customers."

Zynga didn't say what games its new partners have planned for the service. It also didn't say when the companies would bring games to the Zynga Platform. Zynga has not immediately responded to CNET's request for comment on those details.