Facebook abandons its video game platform
Facebook terminates Facebook Gaming, its video game platform.
After two years of existence, the autonomous video game platform Facebook Gaming will cease operations on October 28. The social network will move its playful features to a section of its main application.
We would like to sincerely thank each and every one of you for all that you have done to build a community flourishing for gamers and fans since the launch of this application, can we read in the official statement of Facebook Gaming. This was truly a community-led effort to bring new gaming features to Facebook.
For people who use Facebook Gaming, it is possible to download its research data before the application is discontinued. The social network also pointed out that its mission to connect video game enthusiast communities was not over.
A history of difficulties
The establishment of Facebook Gaming has not been a long calm river. Launched in 2020, the application has emerged as a potential competitor to Twitch and YouTube in the field of video game livestreams (livestreams).
However, the giant Apple has continually refused to allow the platform to be offered in its App Store application store. Apple's rules have forced Facebook Gaming to remove some of its features in order to be included in the digital store catalog.
Recent data from software data firms Streamlabs and Stream Hatchet shows that Facebook Gaming has seen a steady decline in popularity, with a significant drop in hours watched year over year. For example, users watched 580 million hours in the second quarter of this year, compared to 803 million hours in the first quarter.
The data also reveals that the application would only hold 7.9% of the market share.
Note that the company Meta is currently testing a live streaming platform similar to Twitch, according to reports that surfaced in early August. The company is therefore pursuing its objective of establishing itself in the field of video games, despite some pitfalls.
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