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Hawken's virtual currency to be managed by Live Gamer

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Hawken, Adhesive Games' upcoming free-to-play mech shooter, will use Live Gamer to process its payments, VentureBeat reports.

Live Gamer will provide the back-end services to process the shooter's in-game purchases, accepting 49 currencies worldwide. The company manages a similar payment service for Station Cash, Sony Entertainment Online's cross-game virtual currency.

"Live Gamer is the trusted industry solution and their global reach made them the obvious partner for our Hawken open beta event," said Mark Long, CEO of Meteor Entertainment. "Using their platform we were able to add robust features and functionality as well as payment coverage on a global scale in a short timeframe."

Live Gamer also provides advertising through its adElements platform, in which players watch a video advertisement and answer questions to earn in-game items. The company has partnered with developers on games like The Sims 3, Everquest 2 and Sid Meier's Civilization World.

Hawken is expected to release in 2013. Its open beta begins this Wednesday, Dec. 12. You can sign up for the the beta at the game's website. For more on Hawken, be sure to check out our impressions of the game from E3.