Facebook Tuesday announced the launch of Instant Games, an HTML5 cross-platform gaming experience for Messenger and News Feed on both mobile and the web.
Tom Dotan of The Information reported earlier this month that the social network was testing the platform, which would allow Messenger users to play ?lightweight? and ?asynchronous? games against their friends.
Product manager, games Alissa Ju announced in a blog post that users will begin seeing a game controller icon below their status update composers, and a dedicated Instant Games bookmark will also be added.
Ju added that Instant Games is now available in 30 countries for iOS version 8 or later and Android version 5 or later.
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Instant Games is launching with 17 titles:
Pac-Man, Bandai Namco Entertainment
Galaga, Bandai Namco Entertainment
Space Invaders, Taito
Track & Field 100M, Konami Digital Entertainment
Words With Friends: Frenzy, Zynga
Shuffle Cats Mini, King
Endless Lake, Spil Games
Templar 2048, Vonvon
The Tribez: Puzzle Rush, Game Insight
2020 Connect, Softgames
Puzzle Bobble, Taito/Blackstorm
Brick Pop, Gamee
Wordalot Express, MAG Interactive
Ju said developers interested in onboarding their game titles to Instant Games can register here, adding:
Instant Games, launching in closed beta, opens up a unique opportunity for game developers to lower the friction for people to discover and instantly enjoy playing games without having to install new applications. Using only one build that will run in web view, developers can easily deploy their Instant Games across multiple platforms to reach the 1.79 billion people on Facebook, as well as 1 billion people on Messenger. Facebook News Feed posts also include the ?Instant Play? call-to-action to help drive distribution and discovery of new games.
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