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According to PayPal, in excess of 12 million users are shelling out for games on Facebook each month. With the social networking site estimating users at 750 million, that means that only 1.6 percent of Facebook users pay for games. That may not seem like a large demographic, but it has been enough to generate hundreds of millions of dollars for game developers like Zynga.
Gamers using the Xbox and Games for Windows platforms are already familiar with Microsoft Points (aka Xbox points), a virtual currency used for in-game microtransactions. An upcoming game for Windows Phone called Birds & Beaks, developed internally by Microsoft Game Studios, now brings the in-application purchases into the Windows Phone universe–though given current trends, it could lead to a legal challenge.
In the wake of the hubbub Netflix caused when it announced a radical adjustment to its pricing structure, the rental and streaming pioneer has released an application for Nintendo’s 3DS. Users with Netflix’s $7.99 streaming plan can download the free application from the online Nintendo store right now, and enjoy TV and movies straight on their portable device.