Zynga tests Bitcoin as payment option

Zynga will test the digital currency as a payment option with a limited number of its Zynga.com games.

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Social gaming company Zynga announced it has partnered with BitPay, a Bitcoin service provider, and will now accept the cryptocurrency in a few of its Zynga.com web games.

If you've managed to avoid the many news stories surrounding Bitcoin in the past few months (and the more amusing Dogecoin), it's an open source, peer-to-peer technology that relies on cryptography to control the creation and transfer of digital currency.

"Zynga is always working to improve our customer experience by incorporating player feedback into our games," the company said. "We look forward to hearing from our players about the Bitcoin test so we can continue in our efforts to provide the best possible gaming experience."

Zynga first posted the news to the r/bitcoin sub-reddit, saying that it's testing the payment option only on Zynga.com (meaning not on Mobile or Facebook), and only in FarmVille 2, CastleVille, ChefVille, CoasterVille, Hidden Chronicles, Hidden Shadows and CityVille.

You may not play and even actively despise Zynga games, but there's no denying the influence the rise of social games and microtransactions had on the games industry overall. It'd be interesting to see if the Bitcoin payment option catches on with Zynga.com players and if other developers will follow Zynga's lead.

Discussion

113 comments
Hurvl
Hurvl

CoasterVille? Why, I'd love to play a game about using coasters, so that your coffee table doesn't get any ring formed stains from cups holding different beverages.

OurSin-360
OurSin-360

They are also accepting the blood of new born babies and your eternal soul as currency as well, but only through their website right now as it's still in beta for better user experience.

dkdk999
dkdk999

People use bitcoins in order to save money in transactions, therefore they have value, and their value is massive.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

Kind of badly thought out move. Bitcoin has a massive PR problem at the moment and Zynga really doesn't need more bad PR.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Soon you can pay with promises or barter for games.  I'll trade you a chicken or some beads and blankets for your game.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Despicable.  Bitcoins are the exclusive currency of pirates, malware writers, hackers, and thieves.


I guess it makes sense for Zynga, garbage company that they are.

svaubel
svaubel

So you can pay for some of the worst games out there with one of the worst currencies (backed by absolutely nothing, no government or bank)


I wonder if they will be accepting blood donations as payment next.

kujel
kujel

BitCoin just keeps getting more and more accepted which is many levels of awesome.

kingfish1984
kingfish1984

This digital currency absolutely crashed just several months ago, lost more than half its value in a day.  The Federal Reserve dollar is no picnic either, but this is very risky.  Stick with gold/silver, it has steadily gone up in value for thousands of years.

noandno
noandno

Seriously, what is Bitchcoin?

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

I've watched a few interviews with economists. Some say its awesome, some say its sht. 


I guess well all find out.

MN121MN
MN121MN

Well, this might have the added benefit of people not having to spend real-world money on digital stuff, so their money can just be used to supplement their lives with something more beneficial, e.g. food.

bouchart
bouchart

Does Zynga accept payments of canned beans and ammunition?

Taegre
Taegre

Bitcoin sounds good and all, but I worry that if it REALLY takes off and becomes an internationally-recognized currency, it will either be a very strong step forward in global commerce or a very strong step backward in our ability to function away from cyberspace. Many regions of the world are still decades away from reliable internet access, so a currency that exists completely over the internet could be even more inaccessible than gold and leave millions of people in the dust without a prayer of catching up.

keyb0red
keyb0red

Unlike the USD or GBP or EURO, Bitcoin is backed by NOTHING but hot air.

There is NO trusted authority behind it, no gold or silver, or the world's largest economies or most powerful military or the most stable govt behind it. The value is PURELY dictated by hype and obviously people with vested interests i.e. the smart ones will invest in BTC and sell it all off once it peaks, 

and the dumb ones ... will invest their life savings in BTC and watch the bubble burst along with everything they've worked for 

LOL


It's like startups that are worth billions of dollars but makes zero revenue - e.g snapchat is worth billions even though they havent earned a cent yet!!???


The internets eh? Gotta love it.


Anyway, all the best to Zynga for adopting BTC. They are after all testing it and can easily remove it when it takes a nosedive


jer_1
jer_1

Awesome, as much as I dislike Zynga this is great news. The more companies that pick up BTC the better, that will push feathercoin and litecoin up along with I believe. 

We need decentralized currency. Everyone should understand by now that the FED is the biggest scam ever played on america, it's time to get rid of those fuckers. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@dkdk999The exchange rate has gone up and down, but I've heard a single bitcoin is worth like 100 dollars. Some people spend that much on Zynga' games, but I assume you don't have to pay whole bitcoins for everything.

Mario_VS_DK
Mario_VS_DK

@svaubel Do you know how money works at all? All money is, is an IOU from the government. If another country decided to invade the US and took over, then suddenly the US dollar is useless. This goes for every other country out there as well.

Dilandau88
Dilandau88

@svaubel It's ironic your argument is 'backed by absolutely nothing', as the US dollar is the same. 

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

@kujel With notable exception of trying to find a reasonably priced upper tier Radeon for actual gaming.

Saketume
Saketume

@noandno A pyramid scheme designed to make the creators of it rich

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@Taegre people already dont have a prayer of catching up. analysts reckon the billionaires have like 100 million dollars invested into it and sht and if it all goes to sht, they are going to know months in advance before it crashes.

hayes_maker
hayes_maker

I think those regions without internet are more concerned about their real farms than being able to play farmville

Dilandau88
Dilandau88

@keyb0red And you think the USD is backed by something? It was taken off the gold standard. 'A trusted authority'? Lol, the Federal Reserve? Right buddy. Bitcoin is no better, only digital. 

sol_invictus55
sol_invictus55

@jer_1

Do yourself a favor and stop listening to neo-anarchist hogwash about Fiat currency and central banks from those  teabaggers and OWS fools.

Taegre
Taegre

@nyran125tkAre we talking about investments in Bitcoin? If it crashes, it'll catch everybody offguard, billionaires included.

jer_1
jer_1

@Zerabp That's certainly possible. Especially considering bitcoin, litecoin (and others) have gained as much influence as they have. They're surely moving in that direction now that they know cryptocurrencies are about as "legitimate" as a traditional fiat currency. We're at the point where the average person has the ability to collect as many of these (scrypt coins) as possible and make a decent profit. There's no reason not to. It's not that hard either, just takes a few r9 290's, some off the shelf pc parts, and a bit of patience to get them set up.


Right now it's probably damn near impossible for the average person to mine a SHA-256 coin (bitcoin) by themselves but there are plenty of scrypt coins that GPU's mine very well which can be traded into bitcoin if they so choose.


Now don't get me wrong, I love the incredible liquidity of the dollar, but I also love the decentralization of the cryptocurrencies. Both of them have advantages and disadvantages. The only difference is that one of them is controlled by a horribly corrupted banking cartel, the other...not at this time.

jer_1
jer_1

@sol_invictus55 You really are a negative nancy aren't ya? Whatever, you can just keep using dollars. Other people would rather have alternatives, thankfully the rest of the world isn't nearly as myopic as you. 


Neo-anarchist hogwash? Don't be such a large dumbass. This is simply a way to move the power of currency out of the hands of a central bank, why would you not want this?

Centurion95
Centurion95

@kujel@Mr_Big_Boss@grove67@noandno But whose quantity is still controlled by a select few, and said select few assign value outside traditionalist systems of value (eg gold, silver, etc.) Thus these select few can, should they wish it or blunder into it, throw the entire system into chaos that would screw over everyone using the system.


They don't seem to be much better then the banks or stock market.

Zerabp
Zerabp

@jer_1As far as we know not at this time, but I wouldn't be so sure. The Rothschilds, Soros's, Kochs, and Buffets of the world are pretty savvy, to underestimate their ability and influence is not the bet i would make.

jer_1
jer_1

@sol_invictus55 End of the conversation is that dumbasses such as yourself can keep clinging to what you're used to. The rest of us have an opportunity to be part of an emerging currency which does create wealth. 


Whatever floats your boat, chummer...

sol_invictus55
sol_invictus55

@jer_1 @sol_invictus55

That is not what quantitative easing is, stop listening to teabagger hogwash and get a real education on economic issues.

sol_invictus55
sol_invictus55

@jer_1 @sol_invictus55

Seems to be a popular misconception among libertarians such as yourself that "printing money" = less value of the currency. That is not how it works in a Fiat currency.

jer_1
jer_1

@sol_invictus55 @jer_1 Yeah, I'm sure all that quantitative easing is really helping the problem of the dollar being worth shit.


Really it sounds like you're the one who has fell for a ponzi scheme. At least I'm open to the idea of alternatives.

sol_invictus55
sol_invictus55

@jer_1

The FED does not control the value of the dollar only interest rates the value is mostly determined through international exchanges.

jer_1
jer_1

@sol_invictus55 @jer_1 Yeah, you make such a convincing case too. Why don't you take this revalation to MSNBC, they'd probably love your story.


Nah, just stick with the dollar, the FED would never devalue the value of the dollar to nothing...oh wait.


I'd wager that soon you'll see banks accepting it here in the states.

sol_invictus55
sol_invictus55

@jer_1 @sol_invictus55

For one a central bank provides a far more stable currency, that is their purpose. Two it's just a ponzi scheme as I said before.