Blizzard and Facebook Team up to Bring us New Features
Both companies have announced today that they have teamed up to provide gamers around the world with new ways to connect and share their gaming experiences. What this really means is that they will integrate Facebook Login in Blizzard's PC games such as World of Warcraft®, Heroes of the Storm®, Hearthstone®, Diablo® III, StarCraft® II, and Overwatch which will let us share, view and discuss AAA game titles. As a part of announcement, they also revealed that Blizzard is in the process of incorporating Facebook's Live API in order to create its own "Go Live" streaming functionality and with this they will dive into an area dominated by Twitch.
"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."
"Blizzard has a passionate community of players, and an incredible track record for launching innovative and high-quality gaming experiences," said Leo Olebe, global games partnerships director at Facebook. "Our collaboration on Overwatch demonstrates Facebook's commitment to partnering with AAA game companies, while further empowering Blizzard gamers to connect and share the content they're most passionate about with the friends they play with around the world."
The integration starts later this month and we will be able to sign up for World of Warcraft or log in to StarCraft II just by using Facebook. Will this bring us other problems with account security? We will need to wait just a bit more.