Facebook launches gaming streaming app on Android

Facebook launches a dedicated gaming app to take on Twitch and YouTube; where people will be able to create and watch live gameplay. The move sees Facebook taking on the likes of Amazon’s Twitch, Google’s YouTube and Microsoft’s Mixer. It is a big push into gaming at a time when the space is seeing a huge boom in demand thanks to the coronavirus lockdowns.

Facebook Gaming app is free and will allow millions of users watch and stream live games from their smartphones. The app releases today for Android smartphones, an iOS version will be released soon, if Apple which is currently promoting its own Cloud-based gaming service Arcade gives its approval.

The app introduces a new Go Live feature, which will let users upload streams of other mobile games on the same device by pressing just a few buttons” This eliminates the need for dedicated third-party software and hardware which people usually require to broadcast themselves playing games on platforms like Twitch.

According to The New York Time, The Company has been testing a Facebook Gaming app in Southeast Asia and Latin America over the past 18 months, but this is the first time the feature is arriving in the US. The US launch is also presumably a stepping stone for a wider global rollout.

Watch
This is where streamers call home. Plus, discover new videos from the biggest esports and gaming’s top publishers. On Facebook Gaming, there’s a whole world of gaming waiting for you to tune in.

Play
Play instant games anytime, anywhere, without having to download. Because when you want to play, nothing should stop you.

Connect
We have gaming groups for everyone, and new ones are starting up every day.

There will not be any ads in the beginning on the Facebook Gaming app. Facebook is currently relying on “stars” ratings from viewers, like “bits” in Twitch. Facebook lags behind Twitch and YouTube when it comes to live video game broadcasts. In the first three months of 2020, the firm’s game streaming platform clocked almost 554 million hours of viewing time, compared to 1.1 billion for YouTube and 3.1 billion for Twitch, according to research from Streamlabs and Stream Hatchet.

But the company says over 700 million of its users already interact with gaming content on the main Facebook app. It’s hoping to gain considerable traction through Facebook Gaming, especially as the coronavirus pandemic and government lockdowns have forced people around the world to shelter in place.

You can download Facebook Gaming from here: Play Store.

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