Facebook to launch gaming app to take on Twitch, YouTube
Facebook will on Monday launch its gaming app, in a bid to take on sites like Twitch and YouTube. Called ‘Facebook Gaming,’ it’s a new gaming app dedicated to live streaming video content.
Twitch and YouTube don’t have much competition when it comes to streaming platforms for the gaming community, but Facebook wants to change that with a new dedicated mobile gaming app.
Notably, the app was earlier scheduled to be launched in June; however, with users worldwide seeking entertainment due to the coronavirus lockdown, Facebook reportedly preponed the launch and will instead launch it today
Facebook’s gaming app will largely curate and focus on the streaming community, although it will also highlight casual games that people might play online already, including Words with Friends, according to the New York Times. The app, which is set to be introduced on April 20th, will also reportedly only be available on Android devices at first. The company has plans to release the app for iOS devices once “Apple approves them.”
As for the app’s features, users will be able to live-stream their personal Facebook pages with an option called ‘Go Live’, and play ‘casual’ games included in the app.
With Facebook Gaming’s continued development, and the current increase in viewership and streaming as a whole while people are stuck at home during the pandemic, the company feels like now is the perfect time to launch the app.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Facebook has canceled all of its ‘large physical events’ through to June 2021. The events canceled also include the Oculus Connect 7 virtual reality conference in San Jose and next year’s F8 developer’s conference.