Yesterday, in an attempt to build anticipation for upcoming RTS blockbuster StarCraft II (as if gamers weren’t already peeing their pants with excitement), Blizzard announced that the newly revamped Battle.net will feature Facebook integration.
According to the press release, “the integration will enable StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty players to quickly add Blizzard gamers who are friends on Facebook to their Battle.net friend lists, facilitating their social gaming experience on the service.”
Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment, commented: “We’re pleased to be working with Facebook to integrate their platform with Battle.net to enhance the social-entertainment experience for our players. This new functionality will make it easier than ever to connect with friends on Battle.net and play StarCraft II and future Blizzard Entertainment games together.”
Gamers who are currently playing the SCII beta will begin to see this feature “in the near future.”
This is one of the best ideas I’ve seen in a long time. Like most of you guys, I have a lot of friends that I’ve made online through gaming. As games come and go these “e-friends” tend to get lost in the transitions. Lately, I’ve been adding these gamers to my Facebook friends just so we can keep in touch about what games we are currently playing. With this new integration I’ll be able to add all my Facebook gamer friends to my Battle.net account, making my life a whole lot easier.
What do you guys think? Will this feature revolutionize how “friending” work on online platforms? Will you guys be using this feature? Let us know by dropping a comment.