Zynga adds NFC to poker game

Zynga Poker, now with NFC

Social games giant Zynga has added support for NFC peer-to-peer mode to the Android version of Zynga Poker.

The NFC functionality uses Android Beam to enable players with an NFC phone to invite a friend to join them at a live poker table.

“Imagine experiencing the world’s largest free-to-play online poker game with friends and neighbors simply by bumping your smartphone or tablet together,” says Zynga. “Sounds like sci-fi, right?”

“Here’s how it works: while you’re sitting at a table, place your Android Beam enabled device against your friend’s Android Beam enabled phone or tablet and touch the screen to send them the invite. As long as your friend’s phone is unlocked, they will be able to join your table and can choose to sit and play, or watch.”

Zynga Poker was the company’s first title, originally launched in 2007 as a Facebook social game.

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