Facebook 'Messenger' Instant Games Beta Form: Launch Date, Games And Countries

By Cris McMillen, Posted: 11/30/16 03:50AM EST

Facebook wants to manipulate your time on the web. And it wants it to be spent on their platform. Now aside from searching the web with results directly integrated into their main platform, several add-ons have been introduced to the messenger app as well. From hailing cabs to checking out roots, the messenger standalone app has been expanding. Now the latest is the arrival of Facebook games.

There were games before that oddly became popular, we have the Farmville that has the breakout and turned Facebook more popular as well as the Poker and all. Now, though, we are talking about the social media taking it up to the next level. Recently Facebook has introduced its very own PC gaming platform called Gameroom.

Facebook also went on to have tie-ins with Blizzard and now has its Facebook Live stream any Blizzard game. Like what happens on the main platform usually reflects on to its subsidiaries, starting with the social media's standalone Messenger app. To be fair there was a basketball and/or soccer games which can be played before in the Messenger.

However, those have not been formally introduced to the public. It was more like a hidden gem left for geeks to discover. This new Facebook Instant Games initiative lets users play games on Messenger and even in the Facebook News Feed without the need to download anything. It also allows cross-platform gaming so it will work on both the web and mobile versions as per The Verge.

Facebook Instant Games was launched this Tuesday, Nov. 29 in a closed beta; however, the social giant says that developers can already apply to build Instant Games. Director of Global Games and Partnerships Leo Olebe said that the company was looking for a mix of classic games and new titles that would work well on its service.

What makes it appeal to users is how quickly it can let them play. Just tapping the game controller icon, choose a game, load and voila -it's playing time! The said icon can found in the user's Facebook Messenger threads next to the photos and sticker buttons, according to TechCrunch. Later on, the player's high scores get automatically posted on the private or group chat thread which can be stylized.

Facebook Instant Games is available in 30 countries including in the US and has games coming from developers like Bandai Namco, Konami, Taito, Zynga and King. It can be used on newer iOS and Android devices. So far there are already 17 games available including classic space ship shooters EverWing, Galaga, and Space Invaders; plus puzzle and scrabble themed games like 2020 Connect, Brick Pop, Bust-A-Move Blitz, Wordalot, Words with Friends Frenzy, and Templar 2048.

The other games are Arkanoid, Endless Lake, Hex FRVR, the beloved Pac-Man, Shuffle Cats Mini, Track & Field 100M, The Tribez, and ZooKeeper. Meanwhile the countries included in the Instant Game launch are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the US.

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