As Messenger’s Instant Games turned one last week, Facebook announced a host of new features and games rolling out now and in the next few months.
When Instant Games were launched on Messenger just over a year ago, there were just 20 games, available in 30 countries. Now, Facebook says there are over 70 games available worldwide. Also, there has been a huge increase in developers using the Instant Games platform to build customised gaming experiences for users on both Messenger and News Feed. Now, Facebook is introducing two new features to Instant Games to help engagement between players.
The first feature – live streaming – started to roll out last week, and it allows gamers to share their gameplay, as well as connect and engage with each other. The feature uses Facebook Live to help users share their gaming experience with those who love to play games on Messenger. All you have to do is tap the camera icon in the upper right-hand corner of your game to choose your audience, and add a short description of your stream.
To begin, just press “Start Live Video,” and you’re broadcasting. Similar to other live videos, once you’re done, your video will be published to your Page or profile. Again, as with all posts, you can also delete it if necessary.
The second feature – video chats – are on their way to Messenger games in the new year. They allow gamers to connect with each other, as well as “discuss and share moments with each other when text just isn’t enough.” There are currently over 245 million people who video chat on Messenger each month, so it only makes sense to add this ability to those who play games on the platform as well.
The test will enable “enable people to play games with each other while video chatting,” with Words With Friends being the first game to use it.
And if the features weren’t enough, there is a host of new and exciting games on their way as well. Following the recently launched Tetris®, Angry Birds will drop in 2018 with a new game built just for Messenger. It will feature classic gameplay, but there will also be an exciting new way to challenge your friends.
Additionally, Sonic Jump from SEGA, “will introduce a new, arcade style adventure to Messenger, featuring classic Sonic enemies, power-ups and traps as players challenge friends to see who can jump the farthest.” Sonic Jump has started to roll out in selected regions, but will launch globally very soon as well.
Stay tuned for more Messenger gaming news… coming soon!
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