Facebook Messenger boosts Instant Games with live stream and video chat support

Pablo Tucker
December 8, 2017

The fun-sounding feature will kick off with Words With Friends, so instead of merely imagining your opponent's face when you lay down a 100-point word that no one's ever heard of, you'll soon have the fun of seeing their reaction when they realize what you've done.

Since splitting off from the core Facebook app in 2014, Messenger has expanded beyond being a simple messaging app and now offers everything from making payments to friends, ordering an Uber ride, group video chat and interacting with a wide variety of bots. To use live streaming, you just tap on the new camera icon at the top right of the screen while gaming, then add a short description to be shared alongside your post. Sonic Jump takes elements and characters of previous titles in the superfast platforming series but repurposes them for a whole new adventure and is set to launch on Messenger in the coming weeks.

Launched in May this year, Facebook Messenger's Instant Games is getting upgraded with features like a new live-streaming option that lets you broadcast Instant Games to all your friends and followers with Facebook Live. But it's not about the past, Facebook has loads of new stuff for Games on Messenger.

In an effort to provide something new, Facebook has announced support for live streaming via Facebook Live and video chatting with fellow gamers.

Let's begin with the new live streaming functionality for Facebook Messenger Instant Games.

The company is bringing its Facebook Live capabilities into Instant Games, allowing users to live stream their games with their friends and family. Just like any post the video can be deleted at any time.

Finally, Messenger is adding the option to play games with your friends while you're video chatting with them. Twitch and YouTube already allows its user to Live stream.

The big new game coming is Angry Birds which will join the Messenger games line-up in early 2018. The game "Words With Friends" by Zynga will be the first game to use the feature. Also coming down the line for Messengers Gaming service is Sonic Jump from Sega, Disney Tsum Tsum (I have no idea what this is, but apparently it's a thing) and Puzzle & Dragons. Sonic Jump is rolling out now in select regions and will launch globally in the coming weeks. While GungHo Online Entertainment Inc., makers of the "Puzzle & Dragons" game will launch a new puzzle game.

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