Tencent-owned WeChat today launched games on the messaging service and announced a tie-up with AskMe to provide classified services via chat. WeChat Games currently has four games – Gunz DAsh, 2Days’ Match, Craz3 Match and Pencil Pilot – all of which can be discovered via WeChat accounts. Also Read - Honk real-time disappearing chats app now live: Here's how to use
Users will be diverted to the official app store on Android or iOS to download the games. Players will be able to share their score or achievements with other WeChat users. These games will also come enabled with location-based service, to let users interact and share score with their contacts in the vicinity. The games are free to download but involve in-app purchases as well. WeChat rival, Line Messenger too had announced games for India recently.
WeChat has also announced its partnership with AskMe search service to offer location-based local searches through an AskMe search powered account on the WeChat service. This will include information about deals of the day, restaurants as well as feature real-time classified feeds to give it an m-commerce angle. Also, this service will allow users to directly call on the contact numbers given on the search results.
While these could be good feature additions, we are not sure how popular WeChat is in India. While the company claims it has over 100 million registered users outside of China, there is no official word on the number of monthly active users. WeChat has struck deals with many smartphone brands on which the app comes pre-installed and could possibly inflate its registered user base.