Facebook Messenger’s Instant Games Expands Globally With New Features


Back in November of last year, Facebook introduced Instant Games into Facebook Messenger.

This allowed friends and family members to go back-and-forth, playing games like Galaga or Pac-Man, and try to beat high scores. At the time the features was rolled out to 30 countries across the globe, and a few key features, like turn-based gameplay, was still missing.

That’s changing today, though. Facebook has announced that Instant Games are now rolling out globally. It’s available on the desktop, as well as the iOS and Android apps. Games have been rolling out on a regular basis, from high-profile titles like the newly-added Words With Friends, to other smaller titles.

More than that, though, Instant Games now supports a slate of new features. The oft-requested turn-based gameplay style is now supported, and now even offers leaderboards and tournaments for multiple players. There are new Game Bots, too, as part of the new features that Facebook announced for Instant Games at its recent F8 Conference. These bots will “help re-engage players by calling out new game options and encouraging competition with updates on the leaderboards.”

“People will begin to see new features as game developers start to incorporate the new capabilities with one of Instant Games on Messenger’s biggest hits, Blackstorm’s EverWing, being among the first to use Game bots. Depending on what device you use and where you are located, there are now up to 50 games titles available on Messenger, with more being introduced almost every week. We’re also excited to be bringing the world’s #1 pool game — Miniclip’s 8 Ball Pool — to Instant Games very soon.”

The new Instant Games features will begin rolling out globally for iOS and Android over the next few weeks.

Have you tried playing games in Facebook Messenger yet?

[via Facebook Newsroom]

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