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This initial batch was cooked up in-house and according to TechCrunch the company isn't looking to let external developers publish AR games for video chat just quite yet. Facebook supposes it can liven up those peaceful minutes - it is introducing augmented reality games with Messenger video chats in its mobile applications.

Facebook has already had limited success in this area too, striking a deal with PayPal in October 2017 to allow Messenger users to transfer money, track transactions and shipping updates.

The multiplayer video chat AR games allow you to play with up to six people at a time, making the gaming experience much more interactive and social, claims Facebook Messenger.

The two games, "Asteroids Attack" and "Don't Smile", incorporate augmented reality, which overlays digital objects like sunglasses or flower crowns on the real world - a concept popularized by Snapchat and then Instagram.

Although the novelty of games can wear off, perhaps Facebook is content putting time and resources behind it for now. Considering that Facebook has faced a lot of criticism recently for sharing their data with other platforms, so it is highly unlikely that the banks would be interested in sharing the confidential information of their esteemed customers.

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Users will need to have the latest version of Messenger to try out these games.

The Facebook Messenger app is rolling out these AR Games for all users starting today. "Beach Bump" is passing an AR ball back and forth, while "Kitten Craze" is a kitten matching game. After this, simply tap the star button and select one of the AR games.

For now, it's going to be ads and in-app purchase free, but as Facebook is well aware of the fact that this is an earning source for many hence, the feature is expected to be added soon.

"Asteroids Attack" will place a spaceship on the user's nose and will force them to move around in an effort to dodge falling space rocks.

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