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Would You Like to Win Facebook Credits?

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I have yet to log in to Facebook and sign up for a Farmville account. I know many of you are absolutely addicted to the game. Instead of planting virtual crops, though, why not plant a garden or go out and volunteer for some kind of charity? In any case, I’m going to enable you to sit there and farm some more.

I happen to have some Facebook credits to give away. It looks like I have a total of $60.00 worth of these credits. I’m not going to use them myself, largely because I just don’t play any of these games. I’m willing to bet you may be addicted to Farmville – or any other Facebook game – and would love to have these little golden tickets.

If you want to win, all you have to do is Tweet me. Say something like:

Hey @chrispirillo, I want to win some Facebook credits! http://facebook.com/chrispirillo.

If you’re following me, I will DM one of you and you will win these credits!

Whales Spend Money on Social Gaming

In the social gaming world, a “whale” is someone who spends a lot of real money to purchase virtual goods. We already know just how quick many people are to hand over their credit cards in the quest for goods on their favorite games. It was interesting to learn just how much people are spending.

Less than ten percent of all social gamers ever spend a single penny while farming their crops or completing tasks for the mob bosses. Whales are the group of users who spend a minimum of $1000 on such frivolities. InsideSocialGames asked social payment platform Social Gold just how much people are spending. The results shocked me.

The top five social spenders are a sight to behold. The top spender comes from Saudi Arabia, and has handed over more than $25,000.00! The second and fourth place spenders hail from here in the United States. Those two people have shelled out just over $33k between them. That is more money than many people in this country even make in an entire year… money that’s literally just being thrown away. What makes these numbers even more shocking is not that they were spent on intangible things in a virtual world. What’s astounding is that these figures were compiled after only six months of tracking. That cash was blown in only half of one year.

“The same features of social games that are designed to nudge non-spenders into shelling out a few dollars will also inevitably encourage people with large bank accounts to pour ever more money into their hobbies, even if social game companies don’t encourage extreme spending.”

Perhaps I just don’t “get it.” Maybe I’m too old-school in my thinking. I just honestly don’t understand the point of spending that kind of money to “buy” the hottest new item for a virtual world or character that I will never actually hold in my hands. I’m sorry… if I’m shelling out that kind of cold, hard cash – there better be something shiny and new sitting in my driveway to show for it.

Facebook and Zynga Like Each Other

Zynga is a major player on Facebook according to the millions of people who play Farmville or Mafia Wars. The games’ creator has been increasingly unhappy with the way things have been going lately, which prompted rumors all over the Internet as to whether the two would part ways. Today, though, the companies happily accepted each other as friends and signed a five-year deal. You can breathe easily now… your games aren’t going to leave your favorite social networking site.

Zynga has been dissatisfied with the cut of the profits that Facebook had been demanding. They also didn’t much like the tape put over their proverbial mouths when FB cut off several ways that the gaming company could contact potential game players. This caused Zynga to purchase even more ads than they already had spread out on the site. While the details of the deal have not been made public, I suspect that Facebook sweetened the pot in the advertising area. I cannot think they would lower the amount of revenue they would take in. It’s more believable to think that Zynga is getting a nice deal on ad rates – or perhaps even free advertising.

After all, if Zynga were to take their games and go home, how many people would continue to log in to Facebook every day? There are an awful lot of people out there rabid about their farms, cafes and mafia characters.

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Blizzard Cashes in on Virtual Game Spending

I think I am in the wrong line of business. I knew already that Facebook’s Farmville was a huge hit. Every time I log into the site, I see people harvesting their crops and begging me to fertilize them. I’ve also seen people cooking up delicious things in their restaurants on Cafe World. I’ve heard (and read) that you can use real money to advance yourself in these games. I had no idea, though, just how huge of a market this is until now.

The people behind World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment, struck gold this week – literally. In the past, they have occasionally offered limited-edition virtual pets for sale in their online store. Pay Blizz some real money, and you can have yourself a seriously cool pet on the toon of your choosing. This week, the geniuses introduced a new Celestial Steed, which allows you to “travel in style astride wings of pure elemental stardust.” I’ll admit that the steed is pretty cool looking. But I can’t see paying twenty-five real dollars for it if I was already paying fifteen every month just for the privilege of playing the game.

Apparently, one heck of a lot of people disagree with me, though. Blizz is reporting that in the first four hours that the mount was available they made an astonishing two MILLION dollars just off of that pet alone. That is over eight-thousand smackers per minute.

The mount doesn’t give a player any advantages in the game over other subscribers. It simply looks cool. Who knew that you could make a fortune in moments through a virtual game? I need to put my brain to work to come up with one of my own.

Photo courtesy of MMO Champion and Blizzard Entertainment.

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Lose Your Life Savings on Facebook

One teenager is not only broke… he tried wiping out his mother, as well. The 12-year-old UK boy racked up about $1400 USD in debt playing Farmville recently. A small portion of that came from his own savings account, while the rest was charged to his mother’s HSBC credit card. This debt was accumulated in only a short two-week time span.

Requests to both Facebook and HSBC to reinstate the funds have been denied thus far. In the popular casual Facebook game, players can spend real money to accrue virtual currency and items. With this much money invested, I would hope the kid has the best farm on the entire site. A spokeswoman for HSBC indicated that had the expenditures been on a gambling site the escalating transactions would have raised warning flags, but since the purchases were technically Facebook Credits, they didn’t warrant suspicion.

This goes back to the post from last night where we discussed a parent’s rights to check on what their child is doing online. Many of you will argue that the mother should have been more aware of what the youngun’ was doing on Facebook. I would have to agree with that sentiment. Then again, were this my child he would be doing one heck of a LOT of chores in the near future to be working that debt off.

What do you think? Who is to blame here… and should either Facebook or the credit card company have to refund the money to the parent?

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