Facebook on Monday launched a standalone gaming app, allowing users to create and watch livestreams of games to challenge the Amazon-owned Twitch platform. The new app was available on Monday for Android devices, with a different version for Apple’s iOS in the works. Facebook said that the new app will enable users to watch “e-sports” or game competitions as well as participate in online games with other users.
Major social networks said it hastened the launch “to encourage meaningful community contact” for people closed due to the coronovirus epidemic.
Facebook Said it sees strong interest in the new app, with some 700 million of its global users already playing games or participating in gaming groups on its platform.
It has been testing the app in some parts of the world since 2018.
“The Facebook Gaming App is a focused, gaming-only experience where you can watch your favorite streamers, play games instantly and participate in gaming groups,” said a statement on the major social network Twitter.
2 / Facebook Gaming App is a focused, gaming-only experience where you can watch your favorite streamers, play games instantly, and participate in gaming groups. This is all of Facebook Gaming in a neat, app-sized package.
– Facebook Gaming #playapartt fully (@FacebookGaming) April 20, 2020
“It all belongs to Facebook Gaming in a neat, app-shaped package.”