Gaming is one category which every one is trying to conquer right from Microsoft to Steam to Developers on Mobile platform, and Facebook is no exception.
Today, Facebook has officially announced their Windows Desktop gaming Platform — Gameroom–which looks like a direct competition to the well know platform STEAM. After testing it for several months, its open for all Windows 7 and up gamers.
It’s going to an uphill battle for Facebook as Valve’s Steam accounts for brilliant 125 million active users, and moreover we don’t have very graphic intensive games on board the platform, but most of them are actual gaming. I guess thats the kind of users we see on Facebook, mostly.
One thing that Facebook did smart here is make it into an app rather than embedding in the web which will make sure that users feel their timeline less cluttered. However if the platform pics up, you should see lot of sharing, and you might end up moving towards privacy section to tone them down.
That said, nothing goes without advertising, and Facebook will make sure more, and more people get to know about it by promoting the games into users feed, and also target them based on their previous history of gaming,.
To bring the developers on board, Facebook Gameroom allows the devs to port the games to gameroom so they don’t end up developing it again. This was announced at Unity’s game development platform conference. As planned, Unity 5.6 will ship next year, and will allow devs to export their games directly to Facebook Gameroom, as well as to the WebGL standard.
Once you download the app, you will start seeing suggestion on games you had previously connected, and connected on Facebook which seems to be just right. Also when you select a game to play, it first gets downloaded, and then yo go ahead.