The company will introduce video chat to Instant Games early next year. "If somebody has a community, whether that's five or 10 or a thousand people - ten thousand, a million - they're sharing the games they love with the people they care about, which is their community". To get started: while playing a game, tap the camera icon located in the upper right corner of the game.
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. To start recording, you press the "Start Live Video" button.
Instant Games and the upcoming additional features are all part of Facebook's ongoing efforts to drive engagement with Messenger as well as Facebook, ending the need to exit the platform to play games, or launch live-streams via other apps like Periscope.
Reports suggest that the users will be able to record these live streams so that they can be posted to the profile afterwards. Just like any post the video can be deleted at any time. 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. And also allows users to add fun effects (pictured above) during their video chat. Facebook says that this will be a way to see the reactions of your family or friends, it's also a way to pep up any boring work chats if you use Messenger there. Over 70 game titles have been added in the past six months, over 4.2 billion games of Basketball FRVR have taken place, and 200 million minutes of Pac-Man have been played on the platform.
Recently, Tetris was launched that includes features like marathon mode and the ability to play with friends in Messenger group chats. Ltd.is rolling out now in select regions and will be available globally in the coming weeks.
Soon to come is Sonic Jump by SEGA, a game based on Disney's Tsum Tsum collectibles, and new casual game based off Puzzle & Dragons.
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.