Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Facebook Messenger app to add live streaming and more games in 2018

Facebook Messenger app to add live streaming and more games in 2018

Using Facebook Live, gamers who are playing games on Messenger will be able to stream their games to family, friends and followers by tapping on the camera icon at the top of the screen and selecting "Start Live Video".

Facebook Messenger has expanded its game offering which launched with 20 titles.

In addition to livestreaming within Instant Games, Facebook will also launch next year a video chat feature for multiplayer games - beginning with Words With Friends - whereby two players can initiate a gaming session with a video call in Messenger.

Facebook also revealed a new suite of games set to come to Messenger. rolling out now in select regions and will be available globally in the coming weeks.

In 2018, Facebook Messenger brings Disney plush characters to the platform with Disney Tsum Tsum, published by LINE Corp.

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.

"First, we're launching live streaming, which will start to roll out today, to gamers who love to share their playthroughs and engage in a little smack talk", Facebook wrote in a blog post late Thursday. The feature will initially debut next year in Zynga's Words with Friends, before expanding to other titles. Once this is selected you can choose the audience you wish to broadcast to and add a short description to say something about your video. One can easily live stream the game that you are playing on Facebook page or profile. To start recording, you press the "Start Live Video" button.

Over 245 million people use video chat on Messenger on a monthly basis and Facebook plans to bring this feature into Instant Games.

"I absolutely believe that the streaming community, the influencer community, will have the opportunity to see this as something they want to pick up on", Facebook's global director of games partnerships, Leo Olebe, told Venturebeat.

"We're so glad that people are embracing the awesome experiences game developers are building for Instant Games", Facebook said in its announcement.

The idea with Instant Games is to boost people's time spent in Messenger by giving them something else to do besides just chat.

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