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Facebook Messenger boosts Instant Games with live stream and video chat support

08 December 2017

This new feature also includes a handful of new games being added to the app, with some of them originating from the world's most popular game franchises of all time. Messenger has 70 games available globally.

On the one year anniversary of releasing the in app games system Instant Games Facebook has announced an all new Facebook Live system to allow live streaming through Messenger Instant Games onto your feed. Developed by Coolgames, the company who also developed the recently released Tetris for Messengers Gaming service, Angry Birds will bring all your favourite birds (and pigs) into your chats.

Instant Games was originally launched to encourage Facebook Messenger users, which now sits at 1.3 billion monthly users, to spend more time on the messaging platform.

Disney Tsum Tsum, published by LINE and launching in 2018, will bring beloved Disney characters to Messenger as players collect, connect and pop Tsum Tsum based on the popular Disney Tsum Tsum plushes. Facebook said it will start testing the feature soon and will introduce the video chat tool early next year.

GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc., makers of the hit game Puzzle & Dragons, will launch a new casual puzzle game for both existing Puzzle & Dragons fans and new players to enjoy.

On Thursday, the social media network launched a new live streaming feature for gamers via Facebook Live.

To make use of Facebook Live within Instant Games, tap the camera icon (upper-right hand corner) during a game select an audience to broadcast to add a description tap the "Start Live Video" button.

"I absolutely believe that the streaming community, the influencer community, will have the opportunity to see this as something they want to pick up on", Facebook's global director of games partnerships, Leo Olebe, told Venturebeat.

Once the broadcast ends, the video will be uploaded to either your Page or Profile depending on where you streamed to.

There will also be the ability to video chat with your partner while you play a game with them, set to be introduced on Words With Friends early next year. The game "Words With Friends" by Zynga will be the first game to use the feature.

"Over 245 million people video chat every month on Messenger".

Facebook Messenger boosts Instant Games with live stream and video chat support