Retail chains Walmart and Best Buy are selling gift cards for Facebook Credits, Facebook's universal virtual currency for its social games and apps, with various options across their nationwide stores.
Over 75 developers and more than 200 games on the social network have implemented Credits in their titles, including popular releases like EA’s FIFA Superstars
and PopCap's Bejeweled Blitz
. Some studios have signed five-year agreements to use the currency exclusively, such as RockYou and Zynga.
Last month, Target began selling Credits
prepaid cards in $25 and $50 increments, as well as an exclusive $15 option. It was the first brick-and-mortar retailer to carry the cards, which consumers use to purchase virtual goods in their favorite Facebook games without needing a credit card or Paypal account.
Walmart is selling the gift cards in increments of $25, $10, and $5, with the last option being an an exclusive gift card for the superstore chain. Electronics retailer Best Buy also has the cards available in denominations of $10, $25, and $50.
Facebook has made a number of deals to expand the reach of Credits recently -- two weeks ago, the site revealed a partnership
with microtransaction firm PlaySpan designed to make Credits available to more users around the world by offering around 20 new regional payment options.