Facebook Credits to be offered in store by UK retailers
Facebook Credits to take physical form
Facebook Credits, the virtual currency used on the social networking site are to be made available in physical gift card form across the UK this week.
Retail giant Tesco and highstreet gaming favourite GAME have both announced they are to stock the Facebook Credits which can then be used to buy games and apps on the world’s leading social networking site.
Currently there are more than 200 Facebook-based apps and games that accept the new currency form, lead by the site’s most popular game, Farmville. Although currently limited to use on Facebook.com itself, Deborah Liu, manager of product marketing for Facebook Credits and games at Facebook, has expressed her views on the future expansion of the credit system across Facebook Connect, the system that allows users to login to external sites using their Facebook ID.
“Someday it’s something that we would consider,” she said, “but there’s a lot that we want to do on Facebook.com for now.”
GAME will sell the Facebook Credits gift cards in £5, £10 and £25 denominations which Tesco will offer the social spending in £10 and £20 forms.
“We now offer a range of gift cards and social gaming is becoming increasingly popular, so we are pleased to offer what might be an ideal Christmas present." announced the head of cards at Tesco Bank, Euan Ballantyne.
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