Palo Alto,
Calif. –
Facebook announced on
Tuesday that it has settled a running dispute with social games publisher Zynga,
and signed a five-year deal that will see Zynga expand its use of Facebook’s
virtual currency platform, Credits, in its games.

Zynga, whose popular games
include "FarmVille" and "Mafia Wars," had reportedly been
considering leaving Facebook over the use of its currency platform.

was a pioneer in opening their platform in 2007 and in just three years tens of
millions of Facebook users play our games everyday, from FarmVille and Cafe
World to Treasure Isle and Mafia Wars," said Zynga founder and CEO Mark

"We are excited about Facebook’s long-term commitment to social
gaming and Zynga, and look forward to working with them and other platform
providers to bring the best social gaming experience to users worldwide."

said it is currently testing Facebook Credits in select games, and will expand
to more titles over the coming months.


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