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Facebook reveals Gaming app to rival Twitch and YouTube

2020-04-20 17:27 by


On Monday, Facebook launched a dedicated mobile app called "Facebook Gaming" worldwide, where people will be able to create and watch live gameplay. The app will compete with Amazon's Twitch, Google's YouTube and Microsoft's Mixer.

"Investing in gaming in general has become a priority for us because we see gaming as a form of entertainment that really connects people," Fidji Simo, head of the Facebook app, told the New York Times. "It's entertainment that's not just a form of passive consumption but entertainment that is interactive and brings people together."

The Facebook gaming app is primarily targeted at smartphone users who enjoy mobile gaming, and seeks to solve the streaming hassles that come with platforms such as Twitch. For example, the app has a dedicated Go Live button at the top that will let users fire up a game and start streaming in a jiffy.

The app will initially be available for Android. An iOS version will be available once Apple approves it, Facebook said. It didn't say how broadcasting would work on iOS devices, though. App Store policies may bar Facebook from streaming footage from third-party apps. Facebook has been testing versions of the app in Latin America and Southeast Asia for the past 18 months.

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