Angry Birds, Sonic coming to Facebook Messenger games

Facebook Messenger Games List: Launching New Titles, Video Chat And Livestream Features

As Games on Facebooks Messenger service turns 1-year old, they've taken the wraps off some new features that will get users excited including live streaming of games, multi-player gaming in video chat and of course more games, including the game that's everywhere: Angry Birds.

After launching the Instant Games feature within Facebook Messenger last November, the social giant is integrating livestreaming into that product - bringing Facebook roughly into competition with other "Let's Play" platforms like YouTube and Twitch.

The idea with Instant Games is to boost people's time spent in Messenger by giving them something else to do besides just chat. The company's gaming platform years ago had earned a peak of a quarter-billion dollars per quarter on its 30 percent tax on in-game purchases, and it leveraged Facebook's network effects to help games go viral. These days, people spend more time gaming in native mobile apps built for iOS and Android devices.

The new features arrive as Messenger has quickly expanded its game offerings, which launched with 20 titles.

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Amsterdam-based CoolGames is working with Rovio to bring Angry Birds to Messenger's Instant Games platform in early 2018. 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.

Besides the live streaming feature, people will also be able to video chat while playing a game.

"We're so glad that people are embracing the wonderful experiences game developers are building for Instant Games", Facebook said in its announcement. The feature will work via Facebook Live, naturally, allowing players to broadcast Instant Games titles to their Facebook friends or the audience of a Facebook page. Users can publish the clip on their page or profile when the live game is over, or can delete it. When it ends, friends and fans can watch the saved recording.

"I absolutely believe that the streaming community, the influencer community, will have the opportunity to see this as something they want to pick up on", Facebook's global director of games partnerships, Leo Olebe, told Venturebeat. (At least, not yet). The games will be multi-player like Words With Friends from Zynga which will be the first game to launch.

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