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.
After capturing the attention of Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, SongPop from FreshPlanet also captured the top spot on Facebook’s list of the 25 top-rated social games of 2012.
The Avengers didn’t just slay the competition at the box office — they were quite successful on Facebook, too. Facebook highlighted the game Avengers Alliance (developed by Playdom) on the site’s developers blog, praising the game’s ability to implement quickly and its use of open graph technology.
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.
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.
Disney’s Marvel Studios continued its use of Facebook to promote upcoming feature film The Avengers, exclusively premiering the next television ad for the movie within Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
Disney settled out of court a lawsuit filed by Zynga alleging theft of trade secrets.