Facebook Messenger has evolved from being a simple two-way chatting app to a platform that hosts things like payments, AI bots, games, Stories and a lot more. Facebook recently announced that it has 1.2 billion monthly active users on Messenger which is double the size of Instagram s user base. Facebook s latest offering for its 1.2 billion users on Messenger is Instant Games. Launched last November in a closed beta mode, Instant Games will be available globally in the coming weeks for Android and iOS users. If you re at a loss for words, you can now play games with your friends on Facebook Messenger. Also Read - Everything Xbox and Bethesda showcased during E3 2021: Age of Empires IV, Xbox mini-fridge and moreAlso Read - E3 2021: What is it, entire schedule, how to watch livestream for free, what to expect
Facebook s Instant Games is an HTML5-based gaming platform and has up to 50 games available currently. When launched last year, it had 17 games available. Facebook will be introducing new games every week but Facebook says that the availability of these games will depend on the region. Instant Games on Messenger will be visible through a gaming icon which will be placed on the menu bar on the bottom part of the app, just next to the camera icon. Instant Games on Facebook Messenger will be compatible with users on iOS 8 and above and Android 5.0 and above. Users can play games with just one opponent or in groups as well. Also, players will have control over sharing their scores with the people they play with on Messenger.
In addition to announcing the official launch of Instant Games, Facebook is also rolling out two new features it had announced at its F8 conference this year. Developers can now create gaming bots which will help users in achieving new levels and rewards while playing Instant Games. Game bots will also tell users about new game options and inform them about updates on leaderboards.
Instant Games will also be equipped with the ability for turn-by-turn games wherein you can compete against other users. Earlier the games had only single player support with score leaderboards. With these turn-by-turn games, users will be able to engage in a more visually enhanced way with customizable game messages during play. Facebook is launching this feature with the game Words With Friends by Zynga. Facebook will also be introducing Miniclip s 8 Ball Pool to Instant Games soon. More popular games available on Instant Games include the classic Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Galaga, Brick Pop and Shuffle Cats. Facebook is partnering with popular developers like Bandai Namco, Konami, King among a few for Instant Games. ALSO READ: Facebook Messenger gets Mentions and Message Reactions for group and personal conversations
This is not the first we re seeing of the integration of games on Facebook Messenger. In the past, we ve seen hidden games on Messenger as Easter Eggs like the hidden basketball game, football game and a chess game as well. Launching these games was quite simple by sending the particular game s emoji to a user and tapping on it to start the game. With Instant Games, Messenger will become an even more engaging platform, but that ll be seen with time. Gaming on Facebook was very popular some six years back with games like CityVille, FarmVille and Texas HoldEm Poker. More games like Candy Crush and Bubble Witch came later and became immensely popular, up to the point of annoying users with game requests. ALSO READ: Facebook Messenger introduces group payments
Facebook played a big role in pushing these games worldwide but smartphones took over this role from the social media giant. Games like Candy Crush evolved to standalone gaming apps and is currently one of the most played mobile games. With the launch of Instant Games, Facebook could probably be cashing in on playing games on smartphones, which is more preferred than playing on desktops for a regular user. Will Facebook be able to revive its gaming saga through Instant Games on Messenger? We ll have to wait and see. ALSO READ: Sure, Facebook Messenger crosses 1.2 billion monthly active users, but what next?