First launched in November 2016, Facebook Messenger Games are now available to everyone. Known as Instant Games for Messenger, the games are globally available with 50 titles to play ranging from Pac-Man to 8 Ball Pool.
These FB Messenger worldwide games are all no-download and played within the app itself games. In addition to this, you can play turn-based games such as Zynga’s Words With Friends that allows simultaneous chat and is well-suited for the back-and-forth nature of a messaging app. Messenger’s dedicated Games tab with a curated selection of the best games is still in testing. With the latest update, the company will expand the library of Facebook Messenger games as Facebook says,
“Depending on what device you use and where you are located, there are now up to 50 games titles available on Messenger, with more being introduced almost every week.”
Along with FB instant game feature, the social media giant is introducing two new features it announced at its F8 conference last month. Developers can build game bots to communicate with players about new levels or rewards just like EverWing game now does.
Facebook Messenger games give users a conversation starter and something to do while they wait for friends to reply to their messages. With the conventional app stores overloaded with crap and fiction of downloads discouraging users’ experimentation, Instant Games could make Messenger stickier while drifting users deeper into the Facebook apps’ family. The company said that Facebook Messenger Instant Games were played 1.5 billion times in the past 90 days.
Hot on the heels of its new reactions to FB Lite and India-specific camera effects last month, Facebook is back with yet another feature dubbed Facebook Messenger Games. For now, there are no in-app game purchases or ads available, so neither the company nor the developers are earning bucks on the games platform.
It’s not the first time Facebook is making a new surface for games. Beyond Facebook Messenger games, the company last year launched Gameroom, a PC gaming platform to compete with Steam, Origin, uPlay, and Gog.
According to Facebook, Messenger Instant Games will roll out over next few weeks worldwide for both Android and iOS. You can download the latest Messenger update from the Google Play Store and App Store.