For several years, Facebook has been trying to strengthen its reputation as a gaming and streaming platform, desperately trying to catch up with executives like Twitch and YouTube. The social network has taken some courageous steps in the past, including offers to broadcast some of Activision Blizzard's biggest games, including Call of Duty and Overwatch and sporting events. The latest update is the update of the main app with a special games tab.
Facebook now places the center and center of the gaming hub by placing the tab in the main sidebar. In addition, users can add them to their own navigation bar. This is part of the effort to "make it easier for people to find and connect to their favorite games, streamers, groups and more," the company writes.
Aiming to make it easier for users to find game content that interests them, the new Games tab provides a centralized place to play social network instant games, watch videos with leading games, and stream streamers with and Follow playful communities already on Facebook.
The new tab does not seem to keep users from Twitch or YouTube in the foreseeable future, but it's great when Facebook users have their own space for one of their biggest interests.
Facebook says that the tab may not yet be visible to everyone as it is being phased in. The company also unveils the beta testing of a standalone Facebook gaming app for Android that offers more features than the new tab. There is not a word about a publication period for the app, but they still get feedback from the community.