据称，开发商整合行动缓慢的原因之一在于软件开发工具包（游戏邦注：某些Facebook Credit功能的实现需要利用工具包）的问题。多数中型开发商仍然使用旧版SDK运营社交游戏，为整合Credits功能，他们必须升级至新版SDK。有些开发商表示，升级后游戏出现问题，这让某些开发商延缓或停止整合Facebook Credits功能。
Facebook好似也在进一步帮助开发商将Credits引进现有大量用户的游戏中。比如，将近两周前，《Ravenwood Fair》向玩家发送一份通知，称游戏免费奖励一个Facebook Credit。玩家点击那条通知会马上进入游戏中的“打折”页面，催促他们用这个免费的Credit购买三款价格打折至1个Credit的道具之一。玩家也可以点击“Play Now”按键，不花费Credit直接跳过这个打折页面。玩家退出《Ravenwood Fair》后，Credit不会被收回。
尽管可以通过这些方法逐步整合Facebook Credits，现在某些中型开发商依然持观望态度，比如《Kingdoms of Camelot》的开发商Kabam。其最新游戏《Global Warfare》并未将Facebook Credits整合成游戏虚拟货币的购买方式。该公司MAU最大的游戏《Dragons of Atlantis》也完全未采用Facebook Credits，只在游戏用户支持文件中说明这将是玩家未来的支付方式之一。就游戏中不使用Credits这个问题，Kabam总经理Bryan Bennett表示公司将遵从整合指导意见，在7月1日最后期限前开通此功能。
Canaan Partners的成员包括Inside Network的Justin Smith、Credits产品经理Deborah Liu、Kabam副总裁Sheridan Hitchens和TapJoy首席执行官Mihir Shah。就Credits及支付方式问题，上周Liu表示Facebook平台上使用Facebook Credits的虚拟货币交易已超过80%。
The Road to Credits: Mid-Market Developers Experience Technical Difficulties, Experiment With New Promotions
Social game developers have 40 more days of life on the Facebook Platform until new rules requiring the exclusive use of Facebook Credits go into effect. With the exception of the larger developers we explored recently, mid-market developers are mostly on board, with Credits integrated as a means to purchase certain premium items.
Mid-market developers, with cumulative monthly active users across games in the 3 million up to 10 million range, include the likes of RockYou, Cie Games, Funzio, Kabam, and LOLapps, and several others whose games routinely appear in our top Facebook social game rankings charts.
While a few of these developers were early adopters of Facebook Credits after the integration announcement in 2010, many appeared to be dragging their heels in recent months, beyond adding it to an existing list of payment methods. Only in the last three months or so have many of them successfully introduced Credits as an in-game purchasing means for specific items or as the sole means of acquiring the game’s premium virtual currency.
One reason we’ve heard for the sluggish adoption was issues with the software development kit needed to fully utilize certain Facebook Credit features. Most mid-market developers ran or are still running their social games on an older SDK; in order to make steps toward integrating Credits features, they must upgrade to the new SDK. Some developers have told us they’ve experienced performance issues with their games after upgrading, which delayed or deterred certain developers from integrating specific Facebook Credits features.
Because these developers enjoy fairly large audiences, it’s likely that many of them have felt they could not risk a hit to their metrics caused by technical performance issues linked to integrating Credits ahead of the deadline. Only in cases where a developer’s audience is new or because its games never featured monetization to begin with have we seen deeper Credits integration in the form of Frictionless Credits or other special features available to developers that adopted Credits as a sole means of purchasing specific items or currency. Among larger developers, CrowdStar and Wooga fit this description.
Some of these technical bumps may have been resolved recently. A developer who wished to remain anonymous tells us that Facebook proactively coordinated efforts to reverse engineer support for Credits features within the old SDK to resolve the performance issues. That developer could not say with certainty that the performance problems were completely resolved.
It’s also not clear how serious these technical difficulties actually are — developers’ desire to not pay out 30% of their revenue to Facebook is no doubt also a motivating factor.
In any case, Facebook has been busy removing reasons for heel-dragging. “We’re working closely with developers that are integrating Facebook Credits in their games,” a Facebook representative tells us. “We’re continually working to address any issues that individual developers may encounter.”
It also seems as though Facebook is also going one step further toward helping developers introduce Credits into existing games with large audiences. For example, about two weeks ago, Ravenwood Fair sent players a Notification that the game had rewarded them with one free Facebook Credit. Clicking on the Notification took players into the game where they were immediately presented with a “discount” pop-up screen urging us to spend our one free Credit on one of three items discounted to the price of just one Credit. A “Play Now” button allowed players to bypass the discount offer without spending the Credit and when players exited Ravenwood Fair for the day, the Credit balance remained.
Neither Facebook nor Ravenwood Fair developer LOLapps had any comment on this one free Credit offer, but it does appear to be a special feature made available for the developer to test on its audience. It also could be a tool for developers looking to educate its audience on Credits usage, knowing that many players are either completely unaware of the impending currency change or not completely certain how Credits will fit into their gameplay experience.
Even with these progressive steps on the road to Facebook Credits, some mid-level developers are still holding out on wide-scale live integrations, even now. Take, for example, Kingdoms of Camelot developer Kabam. When we got an early look at the developer’s newest game, Global Warfare, the game didn’t feature any Facebook Credits integration beyond the one-of-several payment methods for its premium in-game currency, Cash. Its largest game by MAU, Dragons of Atlantis, still doesn’t offer Facebook Credits as a means of purchase at all — although a customer support document for the game says players may see it as a payment option in the future. When we spoke with Kabam about the lack of Credits across its titles, General Manager Bryan Bennett told us that Kabam would comply with the integration guidelines “with plenty of time” to spare before the July 1 deadline.
At the Canaan Partners panel on Credits and payments last week, which included Inside Network’s Justin Smith, Credits product manager Deborah Liu, Kabam vice president Sheridan Hitchens, and TapJoy chief executive Mihir Shah, Liu said that over 80% of virtual currency transactions on the Facebook Platform are already happening through Facebook Credits.
As we draw closer to July 1st, we’ll be keeping an eye on mid-market developers’ Credits integrations — it’s still not clear that things are going to go smoothly for developers in the short term. Facebook is of course encouraging any developers with specific questions to reach out either directly or through its developer forums. (Source: Inside Social Games)