Sunday , December 6 2020

Facebook releases free video games via streaming

Games are available on the Internet and on devices running Google’s Android system, but are not yet available for Apple’s iOS

Facebook announced on Monday (26) that from now on it will be possible to access several free video games without having to download them from the platform, in line with the recent launches of other major US companies in the digital sector.

Unlike Google and Amazon, however, the social networking giant does not offer a complete service, but it allows users to access certain titles in the cloud, both from the Facebook mobile app and a web browser.

“No material or game controls are needed: your hands are the controls, because we started with video games designed specifically for smartphones,” Jason Rubin, vice president of the gaming department at Facebook, explained in a blog post.

Five titles are available at the launch of the beta version of “Facebook Gaming” in the US: a racing game (Asphal 9: Legends), a golf game (PGA TOUR Golf Shootout), another RPG (Mobile Legends: Adventure) and two card games (Solitaire: Arthur’s Tale and WWE SuperCard).

The games are free, but contain in-app purchase options and ads.

They are available on the Internet and on devices equipped with Google’s Android mobile operating system, but are not yet available for Apple’s iOS.

The Apple brand is currently also working in the video game industry in its app store, AppStore, through which it receives commissions paid by publishers.

An equivalent system is available in the Google Play Store, but the group also allows users of devices equipped with Android to turn to other online stores.

The major American technology companies are showing a growing interest in streaming video games, as evidenced by the launches in recent months of the platforms Stadia, from Google and Luna, from Amazon.

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