Facebook also announced that it plans to test a feature that lets users video chat while gaming, as well.
The company is bringing its Facebook Live capabilities into Instant Games, allowing users to live stream their games with their friends and family. After ending the live stream, the video will be posted on your profile - and your friends will be able to watch it. Today, the company is announcing a couple of notable new features for this gaming platform, including support for live streaming via Facebook Live and video chatting with fellow gamers.
Celebrating Instant Games' first birthday, the social networking giant on Thursday unveiled several new features, the most notable of which is live-streaming for players "who love to share their play-throughs and engage in a little smack talk".
The big new game coming is Angry Birds which will join the Messenger games line-up in early 2018. To go live, users can tap on the camera icon on the upper right corner when playing a game.
Once selected, you can choose precisely who to broadcast to, and add a short description to get your viewers interested.
Live streaming of games is a feature already offered by Twitch Interactive Inc., Google Inc.'s YouTube and Microsoft Corp., but in Facebook's case, at least for now, the feature will be used for the entertainment of friends rather than monetization. Once the broadcast ends, the video will also get published to your profile for your followers and friends to view later. Like all posts, these live video posts can be deleted at any time. It will allow users and friends to watch each other's reaction as they play the game.
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We're also thrilled to welcome a handful of new games coming soon that all have one thing in common - they're some of the world's most popular game franchises of all time, reimagined for the Instant Games platform.
Early next year, Facebook is planning to introduce a range of more games for its Messenger.
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. Sonic Jump is rolling out now in select regions and will launch globally in the coming weeks.
"We're so glad that people are embracing the wonderful experiences game developers are building for Instant Games", Facebook said in its announcement.
Disney Tsum Tsum, published by LINE and launching in 2018, will bring beloved Disney characters to Messenger as players collect, connect and pop Tsum Tsum based on the popular Disney Tsum Tsum plushes.
Facebook Messenger has expanded its game offering which launched with 20 titles.