Facebook Gaming is creating new waves within the streaming industry by launching its own dedicated app in the highly competitive live broadcasting scene, especially now with the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns. Today, the social media giant has launched its mobile app on the Google Play Store and soon to be released on Apple’s App Store called Facebook Gaming Worldwide.
The new app allows people to not only watch live gameplay but also create their own live stream. With the public launch of the new app, it puts Facebook on the patch to take on industry Kings such as Amazon’s Twitch.tv, YouTube and Microsoft’s Mixer platform.
The Facebook App has been in beta testing for some time now before it’s official public release today and offers users an organized experience with the platform, similar to that of the Facebook website. So, no matter if you are watching other broadcasters or want to start a stream on your own, the new app has you covered.
A new feature for the Facebook Gaming app that is coming will allow users to live stream mobile games, directly from their phones to the Facebook platform. So no need to set up any other software to broadcast, you can do it directly from the app itself.
Currently, the app is free, without any annoying ads, however, when it comes to monetizing your broadcast, the options are limited for now. Users of the platform can monetize their streams with the feature called “stars”, which is a type of one-time payment donation viewers can send the broadcaster. As of now, there are no other monetization mechanics, however, Facebook is looking at other options as the service moves forward.
As of today, Facebook is still lagging behind Twitch and YouTube, however, the company did advise that over 700 million of its users interact with gaming content on the platform, so it hopes with the new app, it will entice more users and gain considerably more traction and boost its presence in the industry.
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