“Sure, I’d love to have children some day. But world domination comes first.”
Blizzard And Facebook: World Domination
Holy smoke! While I could go on a rant about “playing with friends” and no guild improvements for Legion — this is pretty big. Overwatch is huge, I wonder if it would be a good esport game? If people get used to watching on Facebook and cheering for their buddy…
I wonder about remaining anonymous. Facebook is usually your real name and Blizzard stuff is my secret identity. Would I want my professional world to cross with my fantasy game playing world?
Below is a snippet of a much larger press release by Blizzard. After listening to the Starting Zone podcast yesterday, well, this seems like a terrific logical step into world domination!
The companies announced today that a major step in their ongoing collaboration will begin later this month with the integration of Facebook Login in Blizzard’s PC games. This will enable players to sign up for and log in to games such as World of Warcraft®, Heroes of the Storm®, Hearthstone®, Diablo® III, StarCraft® II, and Blizzard’s most recent blockbuster release, Overwatch®, using their Facebook accounts.
Adding Facebook Login will pave the way for new social functionality in Blizzard games while highlighting Facebook’s capabilities as a platform for sharing, viewing, and discussing AAA game content. As an example, Blizzard is in the process of incorporating Facebook’s Live API in order to create its own “Go Live” streaming functionality for its games. When this functionality is implemented, players will for the first time be able to livestream their Blizzard-gaming sessions directly to their Facebook timelines, and friends will be able to subscribe and be notified when new streams are available.
“Blizzard games are best when played with friends, so it’s important to us to provide our players with features and services that make it easy and fun to share their experiences with each other,” said Gio Hunt, executive vice president of corporate operations at Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re working closely with Facebook on this integration for Overwatch, as well as our other games, and we look forward to sharing further details on our plans as development progresses.”