Lady Gaga and Zynga have inked a deal to transform the popular Facebook game FarmVille with various Gaga-isms. The deal is meant to promote the launch of Lady Gaga's latest album "Born this Way." Launching May 17, the promotion gives players the opportunity to unlock and listen to "little monsters" by playing GagaVille, a neighboring farm in FarmVille filled with unicorns, crystals and sheep on motorcycles. The full album also comes bundled as a free download with the purchase of a special Zynga $25 game card, available exclusively at Best Buy.
"I want to celebrate and share ‘Born This Way’ with my little monsters in a special way that’s never been done before," said Lady Gaga. "Zynga has created a magical place in FarmVille where my fans can come play, and be the first to listen to the album."
Other cross-promotional activities between Lady Gaga and Zynga include a "Words with Gaga" contest (through Words With Friends) where Zynga and Lady Gaga will reveal a new word each day that relates to the artist or her new album. Participants have a chance to win Lady Gaga prizes, including a signed album and concert tickets to see Lady Gaga perform. Winners will be selected at random each day of the contest.
Lady Gaga virtual items will also be on RewardVille and beyond: Zynga will offer exclusive virtual items across 10 games including CityVille, FrontierVille, FarmVille, Mafia Wars, Zynga Poker, Café World, Treasure Isle, YoVille, PetVille, and Vampire Wars. Starting on May 17th, Lady Gaga will announce codes that unlock Lady Gaga-inspired limited edition virtual items on 148 Clear Channel stations.
This is the second time Zynga and Lady Gaga have teamed up. In March 2011, the two teamed up to raise more than $3 million for Japan relief efforts.
For more information on Zynga's promotion, check out www.zynga.com/ladygaga.