Facebook is all set to launch another app called Facebook Gaming today, which as the name recommends, will be about grabbing a bit of the blasting gaming industry pie. The app, according to a report, will primarily cater to watching live streams or starting one, a field that is dominated by Twitch and also has heavyweights like YouTube and Microsoft’s Mixer. The Facebook Gaming app will be released today, however it is already live for clients in certain markets, for example, India and a couple of other Southeast Asian and Latin American nations as well.
“Putting resources into gaming in general has become a need for us because we consider gaming to be a type of entertainment that really interfaces individuals,” head of the Facebook app, Fidji Simo, was cited as saying by the New York Times. “It’s entertainment that’s a type of passive utilization as well as entertainment that is interactive and unites individuals,” he added. The app was originally booked to release in June, however Facebook pushed it ahead and is presently releasing it on April 20 globally.
The Facebook Gaming app will be out on Android today, and will make its way to the iOS once Apple approves it for posting on the App Store. Notably, the social media giant has been trying the Facebook Gaming app in Southeast Asia and Latin America for the past year and a half. As for clients in India, the Facebook gaming app is as of now available to download from the Play Store.
Facebook Gaming: Features and interface
Facebook Gaming app has a dedicated catch to launch a game livestream.
The Facebook gaming app is primarily targeted at smartphone clients who appreciate portable gaming, and looks to comprehend the streaming hassles that accompany platforms, for example, Twitch. For example, the app has a dedicated Go Live catch at the top that will let clients fire up a game and start streaming in a jiffy.
To start things up, you have to join with your Facebook account. When you are past that, the app will ask you to pick a few games that you want to follow, and after that, a couple of the popular streamers that you should watch out for. Obviously, you can avoid all that and select your inclinations later as well.
Facebook’s new app is already available to download in certain markets including India
On the homepage, you’ll see a carousel that incorporates the aforementioned “Go Live” button, alongside “Clasps“, “Following“, “Follow Games“, and “Gatherings” catches. Tapping in a hurry Live catch just because asks you to add games installed on your telephone. When you tap on a title, the chose game will launch and your live stream will start. You’ll see a rectangular ‘Live‘ button while you are at it.
The Clips segment is populated by video cuts from streams that you may be keen on, while the Following segment is the place you’ll see the games and streamers you’ve already bought in to. You can add more names to the rundown by tapping on the “Follow Games” button. Lastly, there is a “Gatherings” segment where you can join networks of intrigue based on your gaming inclination.
The app also has an area where clients can play web based games with no document download rule
The feed is predominantly populated by clasps and posts about game streams. At the base, you’ll discover a controller symbol that will lead you to the web based games segment. These are games that don’t require any document download and can be delighted in a hurry. There are also separate symbols to open the messages and live stream page from different creators and companions.
It must be noticed that you’ll initially have to grant framework level access for the Facebook Gaming app to display over different apps (read: games), because this is necessary for starting a livestream. Up until this point, the app’s interface looks fairly cleaned, and there is a wide determination of PC and portable games that you can add to your rundown of interests. Be that as it may, the app at present doesn’t have many of the popular streaming faces that you’ll discover on Twitch and YouTube.