Boring days are over now—Facebook Messenger has added some popular Instant Games such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, and Words With Friends Frenzy to the chat app. Way to go because it helps keep a lot of us busy while we wait the person on the other end to reply our chats. The games are available right from your message thread, which makes loading easier. The games are built on the HTML5 mobile web standard, which means you don’t need to download them to your device.
“So when you’re looking for a reason to connect with your best friend who lives on the other side of the world, you can kick off a round of Words with Friends: Frenzy; or try again to beat your roommate at PAC-MAN just once; and of course, you always have time to challenge your brother to EverWing, SPACE INVADERS, TRACK & FIELD 100M, Galaga, and many other Instant Games,” said Andrea Vaccari, Product Manager, Messenger
The idea is to have you and your friends as well as more than a billion people using the app to spend more time in Messenger. Ultimately, the social media giant could make more money through ads—and who says that’s not even the big picture? Moreover, Facebook could earn more money from Instant Games by encouraging developers to promote their games, even if no in-game purchases are allowed at the moment.
17 games from famous developers like Bandai Namco, Konami, and Taito will be available to people in 30 countries from Tuesday. Instant Games, according to TechCrunch, will only be available to latest versions of newer iOS and Android devices. To locate Instant Games, simply hit the game controller icon in your Messenger thread next to the photos and stickers buttons. The games can also be played across platforms from Facebook on desktop, this is made possible by a little overlaid phone screen.
Countries set to benefit from Instant Games this early stage include: Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Great Britain, Canada, United States, Japan, Netherlands, Australia, Austria, Latvia, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, New Zealand, France, Singapore, Finland, Hong Kong, Russian Federation, Estonia, Taiwan, Slovenia, Puerto Rico, Cyprus, Israel, Lithuania, Spain, and Italy.
Hopefully, more countries will be added to that list and more people on Messenger can access Pac-Man, Galaga and other exciting instant games.
A lot of people could get attracted to Instant Games because of the simplicity around it. Much like Instant Articles, we are likely to have loads of users getting fired up for the games. Think of it this way, no download required—all powered by HTML5; just hit the right button and voila!
If you are a Facebook Messenger user, the fun just got started according to Vaccari—more games are definitely on the way.
“Now they [more than 1 billion people using Messenger] can connect and compete over their favorite games. We think this is just the beginning for games on Messenger — look for new titles to be added, and for new ways to play. Game on!”
Video Credit: http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/11/game-on-you-can-now-play-games-on-messenger/