Facebook has launched a dedicated gaming app earlier than planned, in its latest attempt to grow its presence in the online gaming world.
Facebook said the “accelerated” launch was a direct response to the Covid-19 lockdown.
The app lets users follow high-profile gamers, watch live gaming streams and leave comments without interacting with the rest of Facebook.
It also lets gamers broadcast their own smartphone screen.
While Facebook remains the largest social network on the planet, it has struggled to compete against dominant players Twitch and YouTube when it comes to games streaming and esports.
Competition in the space is heating up, with Microsoft’s Mixer and YouTube funding players and franchises in recent months.
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