With a new gaming app, Facebook plans to catch up in the area of game streaming this week. The coronavirus crisis is causing an increasing interest in Twitch and YouTube gaming content, so Facebook is seizing the opportunity and preferring the launch of the app.
In the past 12 months, Facebook Gaming has seen a rapid increase of over 100 percent in terms of the hours in which users of the social network watched various game streams. A dedicated gaming app that is already being released is intended to raise awareness even further. According to a report by the New York Times, the ongoing blockage of contacts during the coronavirus pandemic is causing high demand for streaming content, which is why the group preferred to launch the app from June to April.
Does Streaming Mobile Games Facebook Bring Success?
The software, which was initially available on Google Android, should not only allow the consumption of game streams, but also the streaming itself. In addition to popular titles such as Valorant, Fortnite, League of Legends, Minecraft or Call of Duty: Warzone, there are also mobile ones The focus is on games that smartphone users can stream themselves with just a few clicks. In addition to the Android launch, Facebook is working on an implementation for the iOS devices iPhone and iPad but has not yet received the necessary approval from Apple.
It remains to be seen whether Facebook Gaming can significantly increase its market share with the help of a separate mobile app. According to an analysis by Streamlabs, the group with its streaming content is currently ranked third (11 percent) behind the well-known competitors Twitch (65 percent) and YouTube Gaming (22 percent). While the services of Google and Amazon enjoy significantly higher popularity, Microsoft’s mixer, with a share of two percent, comes in last when it comes to playing game streams.