FACEBOOK is preparing to launch a gaming app where you can watch pro players – and even compete against pals.
It’s set to be a direct rival to Amazon’s Twitch, Google’s YouTube and Microsoft’s Mixer, and launches today.
Mark Zuckerberg’s social network already has a Facebook Gaming section on the main website.
But the new app is designed to be a dedicated hub for Facebook’s gaming community.
Facebook originally planned to launch the app in June, but brought it forward as people spend more time at home, according to a New York Times report.
“Investing in gaming in general has become a priority for us because we see gaming as a form of entertainment that really connects people,” said Facebook’s Fidji Simon, who heads up the gaming app.
“It’s entertainment that’s not just a form of passive consumption, but entertainment that is interactive and brings people together.”
Currently, the video game streaming market is dominated by giants Twitch and YouTube.
That’s despite the fact that roughly 2.5billion people use Facebook every month.
Now Facebook hopes it can nab viewers away from Twitch by making it easy to stream mobile games.
There’ll be a ‘Go Live’ button that lets you upload streams of mobile games on your device.
You’ll also be able to play some of Facebook’s own exclusive games – the one’s already available through Messenger.
These casual games can be played against pals.
Facebook Gaming also recently launched a “tournaments” feature that lets you compete in virtual competitions.
The app will be launched on Monday, April 20.
It’ll only be available on Android devices initially, but is expected to come to iOS eventually too.
In other news, Facebook recently released a new chat app for couples called Tuned.
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And Google Stadia is now free for two months – letting you play console games without an Xbox or PS4.
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