Livestreaming, New Games Coming to Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger Instant Games to Get Live Streaming Video Chats and More

Facebook rolled out its Instant Games platform a year ago to developers so they could create gaming activities for Messenger and the platform's News Feed. Now, we have over 70 games from more than 100 developers available worldwide.

It also serves as Facebook's newest attempt to return to dominance in social gaming.

"I absolutely believe that the streaming community, the influencer community, will have the opportunity to see this as something they want to pick up on", Facebook's global director of games partnerships, Leo Olebe, told Venturebeat. Today, the company is announcing a couple of notable new features for this gaming platform, including support for live streaming via Facebook Live and video chatting with fellow gamers. It's super easy to get started: "while playing a game, tap the camera icon located in the upper right corner of the game", Facebook said in a press release. Then they can selects their audience and add a short description about the broadcast. These broadcasts will be archived as videos on your page or profile. Over 245 million people video chat every month on Messenger, with the option to use fun effects and capture pictures of their moments together.

When Instant Games first launched it offered 20 games across 30 markets, including titles like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Words With Friends Frenzy. Sonic Jump takes elements and characters of previous titles in the superfast platforming series but repurposes them for a whole new adventure and is set to launch on Messenger in the coming weeks.

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In addition to livestreaming within Instant Games, Facebook will also launch next year a video chat feature for multiplayer games - beginning with Words With Friends - whereby two players can initiate a gaming session with a video call in Messenger.

To mark its one-year anniversary, Facebook is also debuting a couple of new features for its Instant Games: live streaming and video chat.

We're so glad that people are embracing the unbelievable experiences game developers are building for Instant Games. To the people who continue to enjoy, share, compete and challenge themselves and their friends to games on Messenger, thanks for playing and game on.

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