Facebook shuts down game streaming app

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Facebook has officially killed off its game streaming app, Facebook Live, less than two years after the service’s launch, according to a report by The Verge. The app was reportedly removed from Apple’s App Store and Google Play on Wednesday, July 24th and Thursday, July 25th respectively. Facebook Live was initially launched in 2016 as a competitor to live-streaming site Twitch but failed to gain traction among gaming enthusiasts who preferred Amazon’s platform because of its larger library of games and interactive features.

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Facebook intends to discontinue its Facebook Gaming app, which allows users to stream and play video games whenever they want.

Starting on October 28, Facebook Gaming will no longer be accessible on iOS and Android, although gaming elements will still be available through the Facebook main app.

The firm expressed its gratitude to all of its users in an update to the Facebook Gaming app, saying, “We want to extend our sincere appreciation to all of you for everything that you’ve done to develop a flourishing community for gamers and fans since this app first launched.”

It went on to say, “This was genuinely a community-led initiative to introduce new gaming capabilities to Facebook.

Despite this information, the Facebook app’s Gaming section may still allow you to locate your games, broadcasts, and groups. Our objective remains to link gamers, fans, and creators with the games they like.

Previously, Facebook Gaming, which was introduced more than two years ago as the Covid-19 epidemic led a jump in both the playing and broadcasting of video games, alarmed Twitch, the market leader.

Facebook, a division of the recently renamed parent company Meta, has struggled to gain traction in the live game streaming space. According to a study by industry research firm Streamlabs, Facebook Gaming had just a 7.9% market share for hours watched in the second quarter of 2022, falling behind Twitch (76.7%) and YouTube (15.4%).

Facebook is hardly the only internet juggernaut that have tried to imitate the Twitch model and failed. Microsoft shut down its own streaming service, Mixer, in 2020 after agreeing to a multimillion-dollar arrangement to have the well-known Fortnite gamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins stream exclusively on its site.

The primary opponent of Twitch, YouTube, has had more success challenging Twitch’s predominance. The company’s YouTube Gaming division recently enticed Ludwig Ahgren, Rachell Hofstetter, and Timothy Betar, who go by the online aliases “Ludwig,” “Valkyrae,” and “TimTheTatman,” respectively, away from Twitch.

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