Yep! I’ll straight up admit that I never even knew that this app even existed. But apparently, Facebook Gaming is (was) an app where you could play games instantly or join groups centered around everything you are interested in and even watch live streams of your favourite gamers.
After running for two years, this app is now shutting down at the end of October. This would mean bad news for the Facebook Gaming streamers, who will now have to depend on browser traffic or for viewers to access the streams via the main app, as happened when YouTube Gaming was discontinued.
After seeing some comments on social media regarding this matter, it seems that everyone mostly relies on the Facebook main app only for all purposes including watching live gaming content.
Additionally, Meta will offer users the option to export their search history. They also gave a reminder that Facebook Gaming will still be available(just not the separate app). Users will only need to access the Gaming tab in the main Facebook app to view live streams from their preferred creators.
This app had previously long-struggled to compete with rivals like Twitch (owned by Amazon). According to statistics, The United States of America alone accounts for 44 million Twitch users. It is also forecasted that the numbers will grow more (approx. 51.6 million)by the year 2024.
They posted an update notice saying:
“We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you for everything you’ve done to build a thriving community for gamers and fans since this app first launched,” the memo, signed by The Facebook Gaming team, stated. “This was truly a community-led effort to bring new gaming features to Facebook.”.