Facebook continues to provide developers with resources in advance of its Sept. 12 conversion from Facebook Credits to local currencies, releasing a series of videos last week to further explain the process.
Facebook’s conversion from Facebook Credits to local currencies goes into effect Sept. 12, and the social network prepared a tutorial for developers to aid them in the transition.
Facebook continued the process of converting games from Facebook Credits to local currencies, which it initially announced in March, with Wednesday’s release of the local currency payments application-programming interface for developers, which now have 90 days to integrate the API.
Now that Facebook Credits have been nixed as the official currency of Facebook games, the company took some time Tuesday during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco to explain how the new system of local currency makes in-game purchases easier for all parties. Now, game developers have full control over what they charge users in different countries, and users can see rounded price points instead of always-changing conversions.
Facebook announced its transition from Facebook Credits to local currencies for games and game developers last June, and all game developers are slated to be migrated to local currencies during the third quarter of this year, so the social network provided some details in advance in a post on its developer blog.
Even a casual Facebook user can see that the site has changed dramatically over the past year. On Thursday, Facebook’s developers team took some time to reflect on some of the highlights that made the social network what it is today.
Five of the top 10 global game developers on Facebook are from Europe, the Middle East, or Asia, compared with just one in 2011, Julien Codorniou, the social network’s head of games partnerships for EMEA, said during Facebook’s developer day at GDC Europe last month.
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.