Facebook to introduce gaming app, says NYT

Facebook is planning to launch a gaming mobile app in a bid to take on Amazon’s Twitch

Reuters April 20, 2020
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Facebook is planning to launch a gaming mobile app on Monday focused mainly on live game streaming in a bid to take on Amazon’s Twitch, Google’s YouTube and Microsoft’s Mixer services, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

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Facebook Gaming was originally scheduled to be released in June, but the company moved up its plans as coronavirus quarantine keeps people at home, the report said.

“Investing in gaming, in general, has become a priority for us because we see gaming as a form of entertainment that really connects people,” the newspaper quoted Fidji Simo, head of the gaming app, as saying.

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“It’s entertainment that’s not just a form of passive consumption but entertainment that is interactive and brings people together,” said Simo.

The new app also includes casual games and access to gaming communities, according to the NYT.

The iOS versions of the app will be released upon Apple’s approval, it added.

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