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Blizzard Announces Battle.Net Facebook Integration
Blizzard Announces Battle.Net Facebook Integration
May 5, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander

Blizzard's platform will integrate with Facebook, letting players of all its games on the service use their friends lists on the social network to populate their friends lists.

The integration will roll out starting with StarCraft II, and will be tested alongside that game's ongoing beta. As to whether the integration will use Facebook in other ways -- as do games that let players post scores and activity updates to their profiles -- Blizzard says that other features will be announced at a later date.

"We're pleased to be working with Facebook to integrate their platform with to enhance the social-entertainment experience for our players," says Blizzard COO Paul Sams.

Blizzard's broad ambitions for were part of why StarCraft II, just dated for July 27, will be hitting later than initially forecast last year. The company has said the new is intended to be "integrated with StarCraft II more tightly than any previous Blizzard game."

Analysts widely expect StarCraft II to be a hit; most recently, Cowen's Doug Creutz predicted 5 million units in the game's first year.

Blizzard plans to extend Facebook integration to its other titles, says Sams: "This new functionality will make it easier than ever to connect with friends on and play StarCraft II and future Blizzard Entertainment games together."

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