Those who are on Facebook Messenger, be it iOS or Android already have the ability to place video calls, send money and even chat with businesses. Now it seems that they will also be able to play games too.
The folks over at Facebook have confirmed that they are in the process of chatting up a number of developers in order to make games for Messenger. For now it’s not entirely clear exactly how the games will work and an exact date of when the first game is set to be released.
According to an official at Facebook, the company feels that the Messenger Platform is ideal for apps that focus on elements such as content creation and curated content. He goes on to explain that one of the main reasons Facebook is opening its doors for game developers is to see what exactly the people can come up with. From there, he says, they’ll just see what else might make sense.
Facebook’s Messenger service has seen some major changes to it over the past six months. The app, which has an estimated 600 million users, added features such as peer-to-peer payments and video chats. In order to increase users growth and engagement, it also launched as a platform aimed at third-party developers.
Towards the end of 2014, Facebook split its core app and Messenger, making the latter into a standalone app. This also meant that Facebook mobile users who wanted to send and receive messages had to install the app as well.
The reason for doing so is best explained by Stan Chudnovsky, head of product, Messenger who says that if Messenger were still part of the core Facebook app, features such as video calling would just be in there somewhere and not noticed, ever. A person would never assume that you could carry out a video call using the core app.
On the other hand, games for Messenger just makes a whole lot of sense. Be it a casual user who spends 10 minutes, to a person spending 8-10 hours on it, that’s still time spent using the app. It’s apparently clear that Facebook wants you to use its Messenger app.
How long do you spend on Facebook? Or Messenger? Will you play these games when released?
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