Last year, Telegram launched its Bot Platform, and earlier this year promised to pay developers to create bots for the messaging app. The Bot Platform has been a major success, and now Telegram is launching its own Gaming Platform powered by bots.
Telegram’s Bot Platform was an “instant hit among users and developers”, and now the company wants to go a step further with its brand new Gaming Platform. Users can now play games in their chats. And we’re not talking low quality games, but games “complete with graphics and sound.”
There are hundreds of games arriving on the messaging app, but there are around 30 ready for users right now. Most have been published by social gaming company Gamee. To start a game, all you have to do is interact with the relevant bot, or calling it from within a chat. It’s as simple as “typing ‘@gamee’ in a group and [choosing] a game to start playing with your friends.”
You can also challenge your friends in a game by sharing the game with them. This, coupled with “high scores for every game” that are saved, encourage competition among users. The announcement for the Gaming Platform explains that
you can instantly check out how you and your friends are doing against each other. Every time there’s a new leader in the game, other playing members of the chat are notified that they need to step it up.
For anyone interested in creating games for Telegram, you can find out more here. Some games have taken only 3 hours to create! Of course games can be a lot more complex and include high-quality graphics and sound. Games on Telegram are based on HTML5, so they are loaded at will and can work on a variety of different devices – old or new.