Facebook Sponsored Ads Show Games that Use Its Credits Virtual Currency

Facebook’s Credits virtual currency continues to expand. It brought on a huge new payment service provider, PayPal, last week, and it began showing apps that use Credits within the “Featured” column of its new Games dashboard. We’ve also been hearing rumblings from developers about expansion, with the possibility that Facebook might somehow make Credits compulsory.

This weekend, Ryan Spoon of Polaris Venture Partners spotted another way that Facebook appears to be giving Credits new emphasize: running in-house ads on users’ home pages. Per his screenshot, the headline of the ad says “Happy Island & Credits,” and the text highlights the fact that you can “[c]reate the island of your dreams with Facebook Credits!”

We asked Facebook about the ads, and here’s the response:

As part of our continued testing with Facebook Credits, we’ve started a small amount of targeted user education to help people easily identify where they can interact with Facebook Credits, and better acquaint them with these applications.

Happy Island was launched by CrowdStar last December as the first game from a big developer to exclusively use Credits. The company has since made Credits the sole virtual currency for its other games, including Happy Aquarium and Happy Pets. And, last week, Facebook appeared to only be showing CrowdStar within the “Featured” column — today, however, we’re seeing other games appear here, that have Credits as one of several options.

It’s not clear how much home page advertising Facebook plans to do for Credits, nor if these sponsored ads will also show games that only have Credits as an option. These on-site promotions all appear to be in the early testing stages — which is how Facebook describes the point Credits is at, overall.

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4 Responses to “Facebook Sponsored Ads Show Games that Use Its Credits Virtual Currency”

  1. Shane Lundy says:

    Traditional web publishers need to take a chapter from the social media play book. Their should be 3 legs to the revenue stool. Free ad supported, subscription & virtual currency.

    The key for large scale adoption will be to expand the ways a consumer can earn currency. Currently, most currency requires real cash or high user involvement. Since time is money, having a suite of low user involvement, low currency solutions will be critical for long term sustainability.

    Shane Lundy
    President & CEO

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  4. Linda H Jeffries says:

    I had a charge of 5.oo on my credit card. what is this for. What things are free and what things do you charge for. I am totally confused. I am 62 years old and a recent widow, I enjoy facebook,but would like to keep up where and what I am paying for

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