Social media and technology giant, Facebook, has launched its new gaming app months ahead of its planned release and it’s set to rival big live-streaming platforms for gaming content, YouTube and Twitch.
The New York Times announced this big news over the weekend, citing the lockdowns amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as the cause of its early launch.
“Investing in gaming in general has become a priority for us because we see gaming as a form of entertainment that really connects people,” said Fidji Simo, head of the Facebook app. “It’s entertainment that’s not just a form of passive consumption but entertainment that is interactive and brings people together.”
Simo added that the pandemic had pushed the company to speed up its other gaming projects as well. “We’re seeing a big rise in gaming during quarantine,” she said.
The Facebook Gaming app is now available for download for Android and will soon be also made available in the App Store once it receives Apple’s approval.
📣 Launch announcement 📣🧵
1/ We know you’ve waited patiently. Well folks the day has come: we’re launching FarmVille in VR! j/k, sorry, kind mobs of Twitter, don’t @ us! We’re actually launching the Facebook Gaming app on Google Play.
— Facebook Gaming #playaparttogether (@FacebookGaming) April 20, 2020
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