DO YOU "DISLIKE" FACEBOOK CREDITS?
Derek Newman explains why Facebook Credits are likely illegal
• Virtual-currency competitors are frozen out
In the past, game developers could choose among several virtual-currency providers based upon price, service, and
Facebook ended the competitive virtual-currency marketplace when it prohibited game developers from using any
virtual currency other than Facebook Credits.
Facebook forces game developers to use Facebook Credits if they want
their game to run on Facebook. That means no other virtual-currency provider can compete with Facebook Credits.
• Game developers are gouged
Facebook requires game developers to pay it 30% of every consumer dollar earned on Facebook. That's about six times more than alternative services like PayPal. It's double what competitive virtual-currency providers once charged for managing all aspects of in-game currency—not just transaction processing—before Facebook kicked them off its social-gaming platform.
• Social gamers are cheated
Facebook doesn’t just require Facebook Credits for games on Facebook. It demands that game developers charge the same high price for virtual goods on all game platforms, including games offered off-Facebook. This means developers cannot offer discounts on non-Facebook platforms, even if another platform's currency has a lower fee than Facebook's. The result: gamers have fewer options and less discounts either on or off Facebook.
• Everybody loses
• Cost game developers tens of millions of dollars each month in excessive fees
• Prevent every other virtual-currency provider from offering a competitive service for games on Facebook
• Deny the gaming public a competitive marketplace
Do you want to do something about it?
United States antitrust laws may prohibit Facebook from abusing its market power by preventing virtual-currency competition. You can take action: ask a judge to force Facebook to pay you for the harm you suffered and restore competition to the virtual-currency marketplace. We can help, and if you hire us you won't pay any fees unless we succeed.