After months of testing and name changes, Facebook launches Gameroom, a PC gaming platform to compete with Steam, uPlay, Origin or Gog. The application is available for download on Windows 7 or later.
Providing free access to gamers worldwide, Gameroom features a collection of web games, ported mobile games, and native games built exclusively for Facebook. From shooting to strategy games, Gameroom promises to deliver famous titles such as Words With Friends and Candy Crush. Users can enjoy games in a dedicated PC app without any distractions.
Gameroom will face a tough competition from the popular Steam platform, which has around 125 million active users around the globe. In view of this, Facebook will need to convince developers that Gameroom will utilize massive reach of its social network and therefore it’s a reliable platform for them. For a 30-percent revenue cut on payments in games, Facebook has the potential to make your game a sensation among the players.
Facebook launches Gameroom with announcement of name change from “Facebook Games Arcade” on Wednesday at Unity’s game development platform conference. Unity 5.6, which is releasing next year will enable developers to export their games directly to Facebook Gameroom.
Earlier this year, Facebook declared that it was working on Games Arcade alongside a beta version for users worldwide. The social network also revealed some details about its strategic partnership with Unity to help game developers in August.
Facebook’s tie-up with Unity, along with other recent initiatives in the gaming world is an effort to keep developers interested in developing new titles for its users. With its “develop once, publish everywhere” approach, developers can now reach up to 650 million gamers who play on Facebook.
Valve’s Steam platform might be the first choice of hardcore gamers today, but the social media giant is claiming its new product has the potential to attract gamers with its social network’s massive reach.
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