Facebook Gameroom. A NEW PLACE TO PLAY, WATCH, AND SHARE. From shooters to strategy, builders to bingo. Play, watch and share your game in Gameroom. She also added that the company has been seeing a big rise in gaming during quarantine, which prompted Facebook to move faster on this and other gaming projects.
Facebook pushed out its mobile gaming app to Android, making it available to users much earlier than expected. According to the New York Times, Facebook planned to release the app in June but decided to launch early to meet the needs of stuck-at-home gamers. Facebook says: “Investing in gaming, in general, has become a priority for us because we see gaming as a form of entertainment that really connects people,” Facebook’s Fidji Simo told the Times. “It’s entertainment that’s not just a form of passive consumption, but entertainment that is interactive and brings people together.”
How to Download/Install Facebook Gameroom
- Go to www.facebook.com/gameroom and tap Free Install.
- Follow the instructions to download and install Gameroom.
Moreover, the app allows users to create shortcuts of the games they’ve been playing and lets them share their progress on the social media site. Facebook Gameroom for Android, Mac, or iOS devices is a possibility. However, The Gameroom download is currently only available for Windows PCs.
The app itself: Launching on Android (with iOS soon to come) will get you a few setup screens, asking you to choose your preferred language(s), which games you’d like to follow, and a list of Facebook-affiliated gaming streamers that you can curate.
Why gaming? The Times notes that Facebook claims 700 million monthly users are already “engaged with gaming content.” The new mobile app will capitalize on the $160 billion global games industry, letting users create and watch live gameplay, much like Amazon’s Twitch, Microsoft’s Mixer, and Google’s YouTube Gaming.
Once on the main screen, you can Go Live with your own gaming on Facebook, reducing the friction for users to add more content for others to consume. You can see the list of games and streamers you follow, along with game-related groups you’re a member of. There’s also an odd activity feed that seems imperfectly connected to gaming content (there were completely non-gaming posts from some friends in our feed).
Bottom line: Android gamers wanting to get in on the action can head to Google Play to download the app; iOS users will have to wait, but it’s likely it won’t be too long.