Facebook announced on Tuesday (30) that the Facebook Gaming platform will end its operations after two years of existence. Starting October 28, the company will move games, broadcasters, and groups to the main app section.
“We want to express our sincere thanks to each and every one of you for everything you’ve done since the app’s launch to build a successful community for fans and players,” the Facebook Gaming team said in a message to the app’s community. “This was really a community-driven effort to bring new gaming features to Facebook.”
On the other hand, Facebook emphasizes that it will still try to fulfill its main goal: the mission to connect gamers, content creators and fans of the game. Which indicates new changes regarding platform games.
Originally launched in 2020, Facebook Gaming was created to compete with Twitch and YouTube, the main competitors in the game streaming platform space. However, the app hasn’t had an easy life since its early stages, having conflicts with Apple and the App Store, among other regulations that have prevented the game’s live streaming tool from expanding.
Additionally, Facebook Gaming has seen a significant drop in audience in recent months, according to data collected by Streamlabs. The feature saw a 51% drop in viewing hours over the year and only represented a 7.9% share of the streaming market.
Despite the shutdown of Facebook Gaming, Meta is trying new ways to create a live streaming platform with Twitch-like features. In addition, the company is trying to test new tools for customers, such as the launch of SAC – Customer Service.
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