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Farmville fans can pay with Bitcoins to get bumper crops

Zynga wants to start virtually coining it
Mon Jan 06 2014, 12:05

GAMES DEVELOPER Zynga has announced that some of its titles will accept virtual currency Bitcoins.

The firm said that it is working with Bitcoin provider Bitpay and will add its cybercash to a range of games in acknowledgement of the popularity of the financial option.

The Zynga team posted its information on the Reddit news website, saying that players can immediately get involved in its experiment.

"In response to Bitcoin's rise in popularity around the world, Zynga, with help from Bitpay, is testing expanded payment options for players to make in-game purchases using Bitcoin," it said.

"The Bitcoin test is only available to players playing Farmville 2, Castleville, Chefville, Coasterville, Hidden Chronicles, Hidden Shadows and Cityville."

The firm said that it will listen to its customers and the experiences that they share about its games and this payment system.

"Zynga is always working to improve our customer experience by incorporating player feedback into our games," it added.

"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."

After big gains in value and then a sharp drop at the end of last year, Bitcoin is back on the upswing again now, and the news of the Zynga adoption pushed up its value to over $1,000.

After peaking at $1,250, the value of the Bitcoin virtual currency was rocked when China prohibited its bankers from using it. Confidence was shaken then, but the adoption by the popular game firm and its beguiling 'ville games could help push it back in the positive direction. µ


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