Why did Facebook launch Gameroom? Well, Facebook was once a popular platform for gaming on the web, attracting millions of players to games like Farmville and Bejewelled Blitz. Once mobile gaming was introduced, many of these players opted for playing on their phones or tablets instead.
Facebook wants to win these players back with the launch of its Windows desktop gaming platform. Facebook explains that Gameroom for PC gaming is a Windows-native client available as a free download for players worldwide. Within the new Facebook Gameroom, players can experience both web games and native games built exclusively for the platform. The benefits of Gameroom include;
- Gaming focuses on gameplay for players, ensuring an exclusive and immersive gaming experience.
- Developing in Facebook Gameroom natively takes less time: it’s easier compared to HTML5 and gives better solutions around threading, debugging, networking and memory management.
- Facebook Gameroom provides better performance in terms of app launch timings and memory consumption in native games.
“With Facebook Gameroom, Facebook is introducing an easier way for developers to bring high-quality games to the PC to take full advantage of the CPU and GPU native power,” Sheree Lee wrote in a Facebook blog post. “The Facebook build target lets you deploy your projects to either the new Gameroom desktop app for Windows as a native Windows player, or to Facebook.com using Unity’s WebGL support.”
The new platform will face fierce competition from its rival, Steam, which has well over 125 million active users. However with a social network of 650+ million gamers, plus the possibility of integrating Facebook Live in to the mix to enhance player experience, Facebook has a dominating presence in the market and a high probability of making this an enormous success.
Are you a gamer? Will the launch of Gameroom encourage you onto the platform?