It looks like whatever Facebook can’t buy out, it replicates… and then conquers. The latter stands true for Twitch, the live streaming gaming platform, as Facebook is ready to take on the gaming world with its own version of Twitch.
It’s not really hard to imagine that this is indeed a desired course of action for the mother of all social networks. In the past, Mark Zuckerberg has stated that games are a priority and has taken a series of steps to prove it. First it was the acquisition of Oculus, then 360 videos, then Facebook Live. It’s pretty obvious, right?
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Moreover, Facebook has hired Stephen “Snoopeh” Ellis, a former professional League of Legends player, to fill the role of E-Sports Strategic Partnerships Manager. It looks that the hire is working; In a few months’ time, Ellis had Activision Blizzard broadcasting its events on Facebook Live, then integrating Facebook’s Login and Live API directly on its platform.
We’re pretty sure that under Ellis’ supervision, we will see online gaming advancing on Facebook . What’s more, Oculus VR headsets are the perfect opportunity for users to experience and broadcast their gaming sessions online to their fans and followers.
We can’t hide it. We’re excited!