After establishing its clear monopoly in the social networking space, Facebook is trying to conquer more regions. While using the platform to share just about any random video is already a thing now, Facebook’s latest weapon is a new dedicated gaming app for Android users.
As per a report by the New York Times, the Facebook Gaming app was officially launched on Monday. The company did around 18 months of testing in South East Asia and Latin America before the public rollout.
In essence, Facebook Gaming is the ‘appified’ version of what we are used to seeing on its website. Of course, the new app is meant to compete with rivals, including Twitch, Mixer, and YouTube Gaming.
You can pick from a variety of online games offered by the Facebook Gaming app and play them with your friends. Or if you aren’t in the mood, you can simply watch popular streamers live, playing their favorite games online. The app also lets you interact with the community through dedicated gaming groups.
What might interest some users in there is no need to install any additional files to play their desired titles in the Facebook Gaming app for Android. At the time of writing, the app has over 5,000,000 downloads on Google Play.
Regarding the iOS version, it will land on the App Store after it gets a green signal from Apple.
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Facebook has been building a gaming platform for several years now. In fact, its gaming history is more than a decade old, but the company couldn’t gain much success during the initial years.
According to the NY Times, Facebook Gaming was initially intended to launch sometimes in June. However, the current situation might have compelled Facebook to prepone the release.