In April 2020, social media giant Facebook made its entry into the gaming industry by launching the Facebook Gaming App. Only two years after its launch, Facebook is going to shut down its gaming app on October 28, 2022. And now, when anyone opens the app, they will see a notice banner saying that the app will no longer be available on iOS and Android after the mentioned date. As of October 28, the app will no longer be available for download.
“Beginning on October 28, 2022, the Facebook Gaming app for iOS and Android will no longer be available,”
“We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you for everything that you’ve done to build a thriving community for gamers and fans since this app first launched. This was truly a community-led effort to bring new gaming features to Facebook.
Despite this news, our mission to connect players, fans, and creators with the games they love hasn’t changed, and you’ll still be able to find your games, streamers, and groups when you visit Gaming in the Facebook app.”the banner said
While it hasn’t been fully clarified as to why the company Meta is shutting down the app, it’s possible that the company could provide some colour on its decision in the future. And as expected, this may be the reason why Meta is trying to get everything on Facebook under one app. Because the recent recession has forced Facebook to think of a more optimal way for the community and people to continue to use everything it has, And on the company’s second-quarter earnings call in July, CEO, Mark Zuckerberg may have hinted at that as well.
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Also, instead of eliminating the entire Facebook gaming platform, the company has decided to move gaming search data to the Facebook app. It seems they are doing almost everything possible to do this with just one app.
And, as the mobile app will be unavailable soon, the company has also clarified that the web version of its game streaming service will be operational and will continue to support gaming communities, developers, and creators on the main Facebook app.
Meta took two years to develop the Facebook gaming app, hoping to enter a market that had been dominated by Twitch and YouTube for years. And Facebook has even added a creator programme that has some really useful features, like the ability to co-stream and create a space where streamers and fans can join in and have fun together. However, this could not happen, as it was not a traditional streaming platform.
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