Today Facebook is going to launch a new app called Facebook Gaming. As per the report, the app will essentially provide users with live streaming. This is a field that is overpowered by Twitch and also has heavyweights such as YouTube and Microsoft’s Mixer. Today the Facebook Gaming app will be released, but the company made it live for the users in different gaming markets like India and some other Southeast Asian and Latin American countries also.
Fidji Simo, head of the Facebook app, said to the New York Times that investing in-game has now become a priority for them as the game has become a part of the entertainment that connects the different people. In this player, do interaction at the end of the day bring them together. Facebook planned to release the app in June, but they are now releasing it on 20th April globally.
For the android users, the Facebook Gaming app will be out today, but for the Apple users, when the company approves it to post on the App Store. From the last 18 months, Facebook was testing the Facebook Gaming app in Southeast Asia and Latin America. For Indian users, the Facebook gaming app is now available to download from the Play Store.
Features and Interface of Facebook Gaming
Firstly the gaming app targeted the smartphone users who enjoy while playing the mobile game and also can solve the problem that comes while playing the game the same as Twitch. For instance, the app has a dedicated button at the top to Go Live that will help the users to fire up their game and start streaming in a jiffy.
The user has to sign up with their Facebook account to start the game. After that, the app will ask the player to choose some games that they want to follow. The user also has to select the famous streamers that they want to see always. The player can skip it and choose their choices after some time too.
The user can see on the homepage; there is a carousel that contains the Go Live button, Clips, Following, Follow Games, and Groups buttons. When the user taps on the Go Live button first time, then it will ask them to add games that are already installed on their phone. When the user taps on a title, then the selected game will launch, and their live stream will start. The users can see a rectangular Live button when they are on it.
In the Clips section, the user will get the video clips from streams in which they might be interested. The users will see in the following section, those games and streamers that they have already subscribed. They can add more names on the list by just tapping on the Follow Games button. There is also a Groups section where the user can join communities of interest based on their gaming preferences.
At the bottom, the user will get a controller icon that will redirect to the online games section. There will be those games available that don’t need to be download and can be easily played online. The separate icons are to open the messages and live stream page from other creators and friends.
First of all, the user must have to grant system-level access for the Facebook Gaming app to display on other apps (read: games). This process is necessary to start a Livestream. The interface of the app looks perfect, and there is a huge collection of PC and mobile games that the user can add in his list of interests. Moreover, right now, the app doesn’t have many famous streaming faces that the user can get on Twitch and YouTube.