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.
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.
Currently, most popular Facebook games differ greatly from console video games. There are bubble shooters and several iterations of “with Friends,” and these games are, for the most part, fairly simple. But Reuters writes that more complex, visual games could make their way to the social network this year. A few developers are looking to bring more console-quality gaming to Facebook.
Facebook prides itself on being the social network. One of the main ways the site has facilitated connections is through games. Facebook discussed with select members of the press Thursday what makes them successful and how this platform will evolve in the future, using examples such as SongPop and Words with Friends to show how games transcend pixels.
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.