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  • Starz launching sexy 'Spartacus' game on Facebook

    “Spartacus” fans, you can stop harassing your friends on Facebook with Farmville.

    The historical drama, most known for its abundance of full frontal nudity, debuted on Starz last year to record numbers for the network. Now its one of the first television series to get a social media game, launching on January 20.

    “Given its powerful characters and larger-than-life storylines, few television properties have as much potential for innovative social game play as does ‘Spartacus,’” said Marc DeBevoise, senior vice president, digital media, business development and strategy for Starz Media. “We are excited to make our social media gaming debut and be one of the early networks to bring a branded TV property to the social gaming universe.”

    Similar to “Mafia Wars” and other social networking games, “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” is free to play and allows you to run your very own gladiator school and participate in Roman role play.

    6waves, the social media publisher responsible for dozens of Facebook games with over 75 million users, authored the game.

    Starz will also launch a free iPad script app for fans that includes the first episode, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” (“The Red Serpent”) on January 22. The app will offer video content from the series, historical background information and cast photos.

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