It's been one year since Facebook introduced games for Messenger, and the company celebrated this occasion by introducing new features and game titles.
Facebook has rolled out a new feature that will allow users to live stream the game they are playing on Messenger to their profile or page.
The platform is launching new games worldwide in 2018, including some popular titles, like Angry Birds. Ltd.is rolling out now in select regions and will be available globally in the coming weeks. A new version of the physics game with unique features and modes created specifically for the chat app will launch in early 2018, followed by a few more titles like arcade-style adventure Sonic Jump by SEGA. While GungHo Online Entertainment Inc., makers of the "Puzzle & Dragons" game will launch a new puzzle game.
"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. 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.
There will also be the ability to video chat with your partner while you play a game with them, set to be introduced on Words With Friends early next year. Then you simply press "Start Live Video" and the stream will start.
With the live streaming feature, Facebook is playing catch up rivals like Twitch, YouTube and Microsoft, all of which today offer their own tools and services for live streaming games. The feature will allow friends to video chat while simultaneously playing a game against each other. Both games have been built by CoolGames, an Instant Games platform developer. Games in group video chats are about to start testing soon, so they will be a while off. Looks like Messenger will be getting even more fun in the coming months.