Facebook’s New Gaming App Is a Mobile Twitch Competitor

Facebook wants to take on Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer in the game streaming market. And while the social network already has a browser site you can watch and create streams from, the company is ready to branch out. Today it released an Android app, dubbed Facebook Gaming, that lets you view and interact with game streamers. And you can stream your Android gameplay as well.

The app works using Android’s “draw over” feature that lets one app work on top of another. Once you enable the permission, you tell Facebook Gaming which games you’d like to stream. Then tap the Go Live Button and the game you want to play.

As soon as you finish, the stream gets posted to your Facebook page so viewers can watch later. You can enable your phone’s microphone and camera, or leave them off if you aren’t ready for the world to see you with your quarantine haircut.

Facebook told the New York Times that it originally planned to release the app in June, but decided to publish early thanks to the current pandemic quarantining many people at home. The company also says it’s working on an iOS app, and it’s waiting for Apple approval to publish.

You can download the Android version of the app now. You’ll, of course, need a Facebook account to use the app.

via New York Times

 

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