The standalone Facebook Gaming app the long-awaited mobile application for Facebook to deal with the heavyweights of live video game broadcasts such as Twitch, YouTube or Mixer is now official, starting with the Android platform (available on the Google Play Store), although it is expected that it will also reach iOS in a short time, after Apple’s timely approval.
The company headed by Mark Zuckerberg has chosen to advance the launch of its independent mobile application for video game broadcasts originally planned for next July, to this day, taking advantage of the situation of confinement caused by the covid-19 pandemic, which entails the need to look for options to pass the time, being the sector of video games an upward sector.
Seeking to be the great rival to Twitch and similar
When entering the application for the first time, users will obtain a list of their favorite games in addition to the most prominent content of the moment on the platform, with which they can interact with the same familiarity that the social network is used to. .
Note that the Facebook Gaming platform was already integrated within the Facebook website and that the company has also been working on its new independent application since 2018 , with a view to serving as a starting point for expanding the capabilities of the platform in the future.
The application itself will not initially display advertisements, it offers live broadcasting viewing capabilities, realization of the own transmissions from the mobile, play instant games among several, and even also includes a function of chat, to establish conversations with other users based on favorite video games.
In addition, it also allows the purchase of stars so that users can cheer on their favorite streamers. The mobile application is expected to host more video game titles than are available on the desktop.
In short, Facebook tries to make a name for itself in the video game broadcasting sector, once again trying to offer the types of services that users usually use in third-party applications, so that users do not see themselves in the need to leave the Facebook ecosystem to obtain other benefits.