Facebook Is Getting Involved With Social Gaming

The social gaming industry is a very lucrative one. That is why Facebook is making a big effort to get involved in it and take a piece of the market. Facebook has been overshadowed by Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS when it comes to social gaming and mobile gaming. However, the social media giant is hoping all of that will change because they are now beginning to integrate a wide variety of games into the Facebook Messenger. They believe that the easy access to all of the games will make users of Facebook more likely to play them. It remains to be seen if this is the case.

 

Facebook has not made an official announcement regarding what games will be part of their social gaming package that will be available when using messenger. However, Facebook in New Zealand seems to be offering a preview of what games will be available in the United States at some point in the future. There are various card games currently available. There is also a game where the user pilots a spaceship and blasts enemies. Facebook has said that additional details about the upcoming games will be released in the coming weeks.

 

Facebook still has a long way to go in order to catch up with the mobile social gaming that people can already find on Apple and Android devices. However, industry experts believe that what Facebook is doing is definitely a step in the right direction. A larger selection of games will benefit Facebook in the long run.


Facebook Makes Gaming Even Easier With Messenger Games

Just about everyone’s gotten sucked into a Facebook game at some point – a friend sends you an invite to a game that looks interesting, so you decide to check it out, and before you know it, you’re hooked. Even if you don’t end up spending thousands of dollars and tens of thousands of hours on a game like Farmville or Candy Crush, as the most devoted players do, you still might have found yourself spending a little more time on these addictive little games than you meant to.

 

Mobile games have proven to be a solid and reliable source of revenue for Facebook, so it’s no surprise that the social media giant is moving to make its games even easier to access and play. The first step in this direction came earlier this year, when Facebook Messenger added a neat hidden feature – if you clicked on a special basketball emoji that a friend sent you, you’d be able to play a little game of basketball against them. This game soon become quite popular, with over a billion plays in the first three months of its release. It’s no surprise, then, that Facebook is moving to add more and more Messenger-integrated games – now known as Instant Games – including Everwing, Space Invaders, Galaga, and the ever-popular Words with Friends. What makes these games so successful is that they’re quick to play – you can just tap a challenge that a friend sends you and dive right into the game.