Social media giant Facebook is set to launch its own gaming app today that will be free and allow billions of users to watch and stream live games from their smartphones. The Facebook Gaming service will initially be available on Android devices. According to a New York Times report on Sunday, an iOS version will also be released soon subject to Apple’s approval who is currently promoting it’s own cloud based gaming service, Arcade.
Facebook Gaming was originally scheduled to be released in June, but the company moved up its plans as coronavirus quarantine keeps people at home.
The app will also introduce 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” .
“Investing in gaming in general has become a priority for us because we see gaming as a form of entertainment that really connects people. It’s entertainment that’s not just a form of passive consumption but entertainment that is interactive and brings people together,” Fidji Simo, Head of the Facebook Gaming app, was quoted as saying. Facebook Gaming app will have some casual games to begin with, but the focus will primarily be on watching and creating game livestreams. There will not be any ads in the beginning on the Facebook Gaming app.
According to the NYT report, Facebook was initially planning to launch the app in June, and had been testing it in Southeast Asia and Latin America over the last 18 months, but has accelerated its plans due to the booming demand for gaming and streams in the current coronavirus pandemic climate.