EA and Facebook Are "In a Relationship"

EA and Facebook Are "In a Relationship"


Electronic Arts has agreed to use Facebook Credits in all its Facebook games for five years, which Facebook reportedly "Likes."

Although EA and Facebook haven't always been friends, the two mega-companies have been known to lurk on each other pages to see what the other was doing. Facebook saw that picture celebrating EA buying PlayFish in November 2009 and almost posted that "PlayFish shouldn't wear white, it makes her look fat" before thinking better of it. Then when EA realized that most people only play social games on Facebook, it figured that it should at least see what loudmouth Zynga has been talking about all this time. So EA sent a friend request, and what do you know, Facebook accepted. There followed a whirlwind romance, which culminated today with both Facebook and Electronic Arts changing their relationship status from "It's complicated" to "In a Relationship."

Because of the new relationship, EA has agreed to use Facebook Credits, which can be used to virtual goods, as the currency for all of its social games for the next five years. "Since gaming has emerged as the most popular category of applications on Facebook, the natural next step is for EA to broaden its relationship with Facebook and its 500 million users," EA posted on its wall. "Our goal is to make the best games tailored specifically to the platforms on which people want to play."

Not to be outdone, Facebook updated its own status: "We are pleased to enter into this long-term partnership with EA to make it easier for people to purchase virtual goods across some of the most popular games on Facebook."

Both companies "Liked" the other's status updates, but failed to comment anything cute like "Good job!" or "Grats." How long do you think it will be before we start seeing profile pictures of Facebook and EA kissing each other? Is there a little one on the way?


Great, so who gets to be on top?

And will they reacharound, or just be a jerk about it?

Haha, loving the prevalent extended Facebook metaphor in the article. And as for the pics of them kissing, not too long, this one imagines. :D

Fair enough, I'd play some of them probably.

Not paying for Facebook Credits though...

Just wait, they'll start tagging each other in pictures. Have their profile picture the same and it'll happen to be them making out.

Wait till they break up!

So many facebook puns!

So I assume EA's going to start tagging facebook in its games?

That's some Ghetto paint skills there.

Sooner or later, the EA logo will figure out how to make a duckface.

Just another way for EA to steal our money and time

Distorted Stu:
Just another way for Facebook to steal our money and time

Fix'd. EA bought out Playfish ages ago, and all this announcement means that Facebook credits will replace whatever funny money Playfish set up. Profit for Facebook, and presumably a large lump of money to go towards the Old Republic fund.

And in other news, the Escapist had a secretive hookup with the Onion. No updates yet as to whether "it's complicated."

Wonderfully written article!

Well, guess it was inevitable really.

Commander Breetai:
Great, so who gets to be on top?

And will they reacharound, or just be a jerk about it?


This is the best piece of professional newsmanship I have ever seen. Props for the MS Paint job.

Huh. Here I thought that the whole supreme court video game thing was gonna take 1st place in my weekly "things I could not possibly care less about" competition. Seems like we have a new winner!

This news... confounds me.

I'm not sure what it is going on here or why.

So I guess Activision is...

How long until we get some Rule 34 on this? Not long, I expect.

It will never last. Facebook is just a huge attention whore, and I can speak from experience as to how EA will treat this relationship. Mark my words, in six months, we'll all be dealing with Facebook's drunk ass, begging us to stop by and if we do, to bring some cigarettes and chocolate.

Double postin ITT.

Yay, I can finally use my useless Facebook Credits on RC! What the hell took?

O no say its not so

A relationship?
Yeah. I bet they are. Like the relationship between a groin and herpes.

Someday I look forward to reading an article, any article, related even tangentially to Facebook without having to hear some lame referential pun to the workings of the site. Of course, when interviewed about their supposed inability to not make these little gags, most journalists agreed, 'It's complicated'.



So I guess Activision is...

Neh, they have Bungie. But tbh, i don't think Bungie want to be their now, they had planned to go with them before f Reach came out (I believe back in 2009, correct if i am wrong), and now with all the bad press Activision gets, i doubt they want to be there.


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