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Facebook launches new gaming app

21 April, 2020

Facebook has launched its new app, Facebook Gaming, ahead of schedule in an effort to take on rival streaming giants Twitch and YouTube.

The social media company confirmed to the BBC that the sped-up launch was in direct response to the ongoing pandemic; the number of people watching game streams has surged over the past few weeks.

Facebook Gaming – which originally launched on desktop in January 2018 – has seen immense growth over the last couple of years and has become the fourth-biggest name in the game-streaming landscape.

Although the desktop version will remain operational, the app seeks to give users a pure gaming experience outside of the social media platform.

Much like Twitch, Mixer and YouTube, the app lets the user watch esports or amateur game streaming and broadcast themselves playing games.

Facebook has invested heavily in a bid to establish its name in the online gaming world – including poaching the high-profile streamer Jeremy ‘Disguised Toast’ Wang from Amazon’s Twitch.

The Facebook Gaming app is available on both the App Store and the Google Play Store.

Parent Zone will be trying it out over the next few days and will publish a full parent guide soon.

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