For some time, many industry insiders have anticipated that someday Zynga would launch its own game platform. That day has come. In press release today, Zynga announced:

the Zynga Platform, a new platform designed to bring players what they've asked for: new ways to play and more people to play with. As part of the initial roll out, Zynga will debut the beta release of Zynga.com, the company's new destination for social games. In addition to serving up popular Zynga games, Zynga.com will let players discover and play social games created by third party game developers. These Platform partners will be able to reach new audiences and make their games even more social.

"We built Zynga.com to give our players more ways to connect with each other and play great social games whether built by Zynga or other talented developers," said Mark Pincus, founder and CEO, Zynga. "Together with our platform partners, we look forward to bringing more play to the world on our platform."

This is sure to be a hot topic at GDC next week.