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

Olivia Harris 8 December 2017

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Facebook messenger app bringing live streaming to in app games along with some more games.

On the one year anniversary of releasing the in app games system Instant Games Facebook has announced an all new Facebook Live system to allow live streaming through Messenger Instant Games onto your feed. This new feature also includes a handful of new games being added to the app, with some of them originating from the world’s most popular game franchises of all time. Even without the new games, Australia has been playing the Instant Games through the app in some record amounts over the past year.

Players have spent over 360 thousand hours a week on Instant Games. Interestingly, for what may be a first in games, there are more females on the platform than males. With an over 1.3 billion users on the Facebook Messenger App, the numbers after one year of games being available are astounding.

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The top three games Australia played in 2017 were Everwing, 8 Ball Pool and Words with Friends.

How to do it

While playing an Instant Game in the Messenger app, tap the camera icon located in the upper right corner of the game. 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. Then you simply press "Start Live Video" and the stream will start.

Once the broadcast ends, the video will be uploaded to either your Page or Profile depending on where you streamed to. Fans and friends will be able to catch up on anything they missed at any time. Just like any post the video can be deleted at any time.

This is a great tool for broadcasters or just friends to use to enhance their connections and conversations with friends. Show off your skills and high scores or just hang out in Words with Friends online from your mobile.

New Games coming to Messenger

Along with the streaming features, new games from popular franchises and genres will be coming to the application as well. Launching globally in early 2018 an Angry Birds game specifically made for Facebook Messenger will be released. This new version of the popular app will feature the classic gameplay elements from before with an all new challenge mode where you can challenge friends to beat your score.

Angry Birds will be joining the recently launched Tetris which includes all the old modes fans love, like the marathon mode and the ability to play alongside friends. Both games have been built by CoolGames, an Instant Games platform developer.

More games coming to Messenger in 2018 are:

Sonic Jump from SEGA

An arcade style platformer featuring class sonic enemies, power ups, traps and levels. Challenge friends to see who can jump the furthest.

Disney Tsum Tsum

Published by LINE the game will launch in 2018, bringing the most beloved Disney characters to Messenger where players can collect, connect and pop Tsum Tsum based on the popular Disney Tsum Tsum plushies.

Puzzle & Dragons

GungoHo Online Entertainment Inc is joining Messenger to bring the hit game Puzzle and Dragons to the Facebook app.

More information on the live streaming and new games will be coming in the new year when the app updates.


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