announced today that its ongoing revamp of the Battle.net
service will introduce one pretty scary optional feature: Facebook
integration. Battle.net is the online matchmaking service that has grouped up players of Starcraft
, and Diablo
games for thirteen years. It received a major face lift last year, in preparation for taking an even larger role in the lives of Blizzard's players. The new service will basically be a gaming social network the likes of Xbox Live
, or Steam
, instead of just a tiered matchmaker.
From the official press release:
"We're pleased to be working with Facebook to integrate their platform with Battle.net to enhance the social-entertainment experience for our players," said Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment. "This new functionality will make it easier than ever to connect with friends on Battle.net and play StarCraft II and future Blizzard Entertainment games together."