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

Pat Wise
December 8, 2017

Even without the new games Australia has been playing the Instant Games through the app in some record amounts over the past year. To go live, users can tap on the camera icon on the upper right corner when playing a game. Going live in an Instant Game initiates a stream on your Facebook profile or page, which posts as a traditional video after the broadcast has concluded.

Launched in May this year, Facebook Messenger's Instant Games is getting upgraded with features like a new live-streaming option that lets you broadcast Instant Games to all your friends and followers with Facebook Live.

After launching the Instant Games feature within Facebook Messenger last November, the social giant is integrating livestreaming into that product - bringing Facebook roughly into competition with other "Let's Play" platforms like YouTube and Twitch.

The platform is now adding more games to the list.

The top three games Australia played in 2017 were Everwing, 8 Ball Pool and Words with Friends. Then they can selects their audience and add a short description about the broadcast.

Facebook has announced Messenger's video chat feature will come to Instant Games early next year. Words With Friends from Zynga will be the first game to use it and allow friends to watch each other's reactions as they run up the score
Facebook Messenger Games celebrate one year; rolls out live streaming feature

In an effort to provide something new, Facebook has announced support for live streaming via Facebook Live and video chatting with fellow gamers.

The company is bringing its Facebook Live capabilities into Instant Games, allowing users to live stream their games with their friends and family. Like all posts, these live video posts can be deleted at any time. Twelve months on and developers excited by the platform have been knocking out customized versions of their popular games, expanding the count to 70. Launching globally in early 2018 an Angry Birds game specifically made for Facebook Messenger will be released.

A arcade style platformer featuring class sonic enemies, power ups, traps and levels. Also coming down the line for Messengers Gaming service is Sonic Jump from Sega, Disney Tsum Tsum (I have no idea what this is, but apparently it's a thing) and Puzzle & Dragons. It will allow users and friends to watch each other's reaction as they play the game.

GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc., makers of the hit game Puzzle & Dragons, will launch a new casual puzzle game for both existing Puzzle & Dragons fans and new players to enjoy. But fundamentally, sharing the games you love with the people [who] you care about is, first and foremost.

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