Facebook launched its game streaming app, "Facebook Gaming", yesterday. The app was initially pegged for a June launch, but Facebook said it was released sooner “given the state of the world”, referencing to the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced more people to stay at home. Facebook’s app will be up against Amazon-owned Twitch and YouTube Gaming. The company told the New York Times that it tested the Facebook Gaming app in Southeast Asia and Latin America over the last 18 months before launch. “The Facebook Gaming app is a focused, gaming-only experience where you can watch your favorite streamers, play instant games and take part in gaming groups," the company said in a tweet. https://twitter.com/FacebookGaming/status/1252250675003588608 For now, the service can either be accessed via a website, or an Android app, but Facebook said that the iOS version of the app is “in the works”, without specifying a timeframe of launching the app on the iPhone and iPad. We’ve asked Facebook about this. At the time of publication, the app had been downloaded over 5 million times on the Play Store. Facebook Gaming's interface is similar to Facebook app: We tested the app on Android the overall interface of the app resembles that of the Facebook core app, except that the content on the timeline is videos that are either being currently streamed, or have been uploaded by other users. We also found that users can also watch videos without having the app opened, as the video remains open as a…
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