Facebook Now Allows You to Live Stream While Playing Games

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Meanwhile, the social media giant also announced additions to "Instant Games" with a handful of big-name mobile titles that will be "re-imagined" for the platform. "If somebody has a community, whether that's five or 10 or a thousand people - ten thousand, a million - they're sharing the games they love with the people they care about, which is their community".

After launching the Instant Games feature within Facebook Messenger last November, the social giant is integrating livestreaming into that product - bringing Facebook roughly into competition with other "Let's Play" platforms like YouTube and Twitch.

Last year, Facebook launched games on Messenger and to continue the excitement next year, the platform revealed upcoming titles and other new features for gamers.

Instant Games was originally launched to encourage Facebook Messenger users, which now sits at 1.3 billion monthly users, to spend more time on the messaging platform. If you want to show your friends list how good you are with Everwing - or how much you suck at it - all you need to do is tap that new camera icon in the upper right corner of the game screen to stream on Facebook Live.

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The company is bringing its Facebook Live capabilities into Instant Games, allowing users to live stream their games with their friends and family. Then you simply press "Start Live Video" and the stream will start. Just like any post the video can be deleted at any time. The games will be multi-player like Words With Friends from Zynga which will be the first game to launch.

Besides the live streaming feature, people will also be able to video chat while playing a game. And also allows users to add fun effects (pictured above) during their video chat. Facebook initially had 20 games and now has over 70. Angry Birds will be coming to the app in early 2018 with the ability to play with friends. Ltd.is rolling out now in select regions and will be available globally in the coming weeks.

Soon to come is Sonic Jump by SEGA, a game based on Disney's Tsum Tsum collectibles, and new casual game based off Puzzle & Dragons. While GungHo Online Entertainment Inc., makers of the "Puzzle & Dragons" game will launch a new puzzle game.

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