Monday, 11 December, 2017

Facebook Now Allows You to Live Stream While Playing Games

Facebook Messenger Games List: Launching New Titles, Video Chat And Livestream Features Facebook Live can now broadcast Messenger games
Sherri Watson | 08 December, 2017, 09:38

The new feature also enables users to video chat with their partner while they play a game together.

"First, we're launching live streaming, which will start to roll out today, to gamers who love to share their playthroughs and engage in a little smack talk", Facebook wrote in a blog post late Thursday.

Since splitting off from the core Facebook app in 2014, Messenger has expanded beyond being a simple messaging app and now offers everything from making payments to friends, ordering an Uber ride, group video chat and interacting with a wide variety of bots. With an over 1.3 Billion users on the Facebook Messenger App the numbers after one year of games being available are astounding.

But with the shift to mobile, Facebook's position in gaming declined. Launching globally in early 2018 an Angry Birds game specifically made for Facebook Messenger will be released. Now that number has grown to over 70 games from more than 100 developers worldwide, the company says, including recently launched Tetris.

Now company has announced to release a new feature that lets you video chat and live stream with your friends when you are playing games with them.

Facebook rolled out its Instant Games platform previous year to developers so they could create gaming activities for Messenger and the platform's News Feed.

You can activate live streaming by clicking on the new camera icon on the top of Messenger game.

The live broadcast is then shared to your Page or profile. When it ends, friends and fans can watch the saved recording.

With the live streaming feature, Facebook is playing catch up rivals like Twitch, YouTube and Microsoft, all of which today offer their own tools and services for live streaming games.

Over the next few weeks and months, Facebook is adding more titles to Instant Games, which will join original games, like Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Words With Friends Frenzy. (At least, not yet).

Facebook says it will soon start testing a feature that lets users video chat while gaming, as well. Of those games, 200 million minutes have been used collecting cherries, apples and zapping ghosts in Pacman, while more than 692 million words have been created in Words With Friends.