BATTLE.NET® AND FACEBOOK INTEGRATION ANNOUNCED
Blizzard Entertainments next-generation online gaming platform will integrate with Facebook to enhance social gaming experience
PARIS, France May 5, 2010 - Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced today that its Battle.net® gaming service will integrate with Facebook®, linking the world's premier online gaming platform with the world's most popular social platform. The first step in the integration will enable StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty players to quickly add Blizzard gamers who are friends on Facebook to their Battle.net friend lists, facilitating their social gaming experience on the service.
"We're pleased to be working with Facebook to integrate their platform with Battle.net to enhance the social-entertainment experience for our players," said Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment. "This new functionality will make it easier than ever to connect with friends on Battle.net and play StarCraft II and future Blizzard Entertainment games together."
The new Facebook functionality in Battle.net will be tested in the near future via the ongoing StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty beta test and will be available to all StarCraft II players when the game ships later this year. Information about other Facebook-related features on Battle.net will be announced at a later date.
Battle.net 2.0 is going to be seriously advanced. In addition to their announcement of the new Real ID system, Blizzard also announced that they are partnering up with Facebook to offer players the ability to link up with their facebook contacts in game.
As stated, so far this will only have functionality with Starcraft II, but it'd certainly add another interesting dimension to World of Warcraft if it also became integrated!
The action taking place on the battlefield is just one part of the StarCraft II experience -- we're also working to make sure that you can easily connect, communicate, and play with your friends. To help accomplish that, the new version of Battle.net will offer integration with Facebook. This new functionality will start off by allowing you to quickly import Facebook friends into your Battle.net friends list, and additional features will be added over time. For more information, check out the official announcement.
Interestingly, all this information has come via the EU forums and Blizzard sites. Perhaps additional information about this program will become available once they release the news on their US outlets. As always, we'll bring you updates as they happen.
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