Facebook has launched a new app devoted only to video games, game streaming, and communication about the games industry. The Facebook Gaming app will be available on Android devices.
The Facebook Gaming app, an extension of Facebook’s official video game tab propelled last March, will make it “easier for people to find and connect around their favorite games, streamers, Groups and more” by introducing a customized channel of news, updates, and discussions from streamers clients follow and games they play.
“Our global streamer community has demanded a stand-alone Facebook Gaming app for a while, so we’re excited to finally launch it on Google Play,” says Vivek Sharma, Vice President of Facebook Gaming. “We are building homes for the many types of gaming communities on and off Facebook. The Facebook Gaming app is a prime example of gaming’s resurgence at Facebook over the last few years, and we’re just getting started.”
The app will permit clients to live-stream from their phones right to Facebook, as well as play games through the app without the need to download them individually.
This Facebook app is accessible currently on Google Play and will turn out on iOS devices later on.
Like other tech giants, Facebook has indicated a more prominent interest in games in recent years. Both Apple and Google propelled video game contributions — the mobile game subscription service Apple Arcade and game streaming service Stadia, respectively — a year ago.
Facebook has additionally gained various VR game studios lately, including Beat Saber developer Beat Games in November.
In the meantime, the organization keeps on expanding its live-streaming endeavors, inking elite deals with streamers, for example, Jeremy “Disguised Toast” Wang in November and seeing a 20 percent expansion in total hours viewed on the platform (553.7 million) in Q1 2020, which despite everything falls a long ways behind industry leader Twitch (3 billion hours viewed in Q1 2020).