Facebook announced Monday that it has launched a new application-programming interface that lets game developers know if a user is eligible for an upgrade or gift through the payer promotion system. The social network noted that companies such as Kixeye have utilized payer promotion to grow revenue and get gamers more fiscally involved.
The test of a subscription payment model for applications with developers Zynga, Kixeye, and Playdom that Facebook launched in June is over, and the social network has extended the capability to all developers.
Facebook touted the success of massively multiplayer strategy game War Commander, from developer Kixeye, in a post on its developer blog, saying that the game has become one of its top-rated applications.
Facebook game developers Zynga, Kixeye, and Electronic Arts reached agreements with Facebook to test a new “start now” feature, that allows users to begin playing games including Zynga Slingo, Indiana Jones Adventure World, Backyard Monsters, and Battle Pirates instantly, bypassing the permissions dialog.
Facebook announced Monday that its app center portal for discovery of applications is now available to 100 percent of its users in the U.S., Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and the U.K.
Facebook announced Tuesday that the company is doing away with Facebook Credits and transitioning to local currency. The social network also announced that it is accepting subscription billing for apps.