Facebook Messenger Games celebrate one year; rolls out live streaming feature

09 December, 2017, 04:54 | Author: Jeannette Greene
  • Facebook Messenger Games celebrate one year; rolls out live streaming feature

With an over 1.3 Billion users on the Facebook Messenger App the numbers after one year of games being available are astounding.

Next up, for over 245 million using Facebook Messenger's video chat feature monthly, the messaging app will begin testing a feature that will enable users to play games while video chatting with each other. To start recording, just click on the "Start Live Video" button at the bottom of the screen. Presently, the platform has 70 games and more than 100 developers across the globe. The stream will be available live, with the final video posted to the user's Page or profile so friends can also watch it at a later stage.

Facebook says that the live-streaming feature will go live from today, so get ready for that in your feed, while the Angry Birds and Sonic will arrive from next year.

After releasing it to beta users last November, Facebook announced it had rolled the feature out to Messenger users worldwide in May.

Instant Games first offered 20 games across 30 markets, including famous titles like Space Invaders, Words With Friends Frenzy and Pac-Man. Both games are built by CoolGames, an Instant Games platform developer.


Besides the live streaming feature, people will also be able to video chat while playing a game. You can remove the video post at any time, just like any other post. While playing a game, they can tap the camera icon in the upper right corner of the game, and then choose the audience they want to broadcast to and add a description about the video. The feature will allow friends to video chat while simultaneously playing a game against each other. The feature will be introduced with Words With Friends early next year. However, in Facebook's case, the addition is more casual - it's more about sharing with friends, not monetizing a community through subscriptions, game sales, or custom chat icons, as you'd find on Twitch or YouTube, for example.

We're so glad that people are embracing the fantastic experiences game developers are building for Instant Games.

The big new game coming is Angry Birds which will join the Messenger games line-up in early 2018.

Early next year, Facebook is planning to introduce a range of more games for its Messenger.

Disney Tsum Tsum, published by LINE and launching in 2018, will bring beloved Disney characters to Messenger as players collect, connect and pop Tsum Tsum based on the popular Disney Tsum Tsum plushes.

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