Facebook heads to Twitch with live game streaming

Facebook heads to Twitch with live game streaming

Facebook heads to Twitch with live game streaming

Written by Staff Writer

07 Jun, 2016 | 3:39 pm

Facebook’s latest conquest attempt is the video game streaming business ruled by Twitch and YouTube as they announced they are working with World Of Warcraft maker Blizzard to build social login and Facebook Live video streaming into their games, starting with its new blockbuster Overwatch.

Blizzard gamers will be able to login with Facebook so they can easily find friends to play with and share in-game content back to the News Feed. Thanks to the Facebook Live API, that includes live-streamed footage of them playing. Facebook users will be able to watch their gamer buddies battle monsters and compete for glory while leaving real-time comments.

100 million people use the Amazon-owned Twitch service each month, while 650 million play Facebook-connected games, showing huge potential for this new feature.

Facebook will have to play catchup to Twitch, which has spent years honing its player-picture-in-game-footage-picture video streaming and its live chat. The dedicated interface, ad and subscription monetization options for video creators, and thriving community of gamers will be tough to match.

If Facebook truly believe esports live streaming is the next big thing for the average viewer, not just gamers, it could shower players with view counts they can’t get elsewhere. That could in turn attract more publishers and their top-tier content that then lures in serious esport fans. We saw Facebook employ the same traffic funneling to pull in news publishers, celebrities, and recorded video creators.

Once upon a time, Facebook was the center of the casual gaming universe with its FarmVille-fueled desktop platform. People spent countless hours mindlessly clicking to maintain their digital cities or homesteads. Facebook’s next foray into gaming could be even simpler for users.

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