Facebook will end support for its Facebook Gaming app in October, it was announced.
In a statement released Sunday, the company reiterated that much of the app’s functionality will be transferred to the main Facebook app.
“As of October 28, 2022, the Facebook Gaming app for iOS and Android will no longer be available,” the statement from the Facebook Gaming team read. “After this date, this app will no longer work. You can download your game app search data here.
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“We want to extend our sincerest thanks to all of you for all you have done to build a thriving community for gamers and fans since this app was first released. This was really a community led effort to bring new gaming features to Facebook.
“Despite this news, our mission to connect gamers, fans and creators with the games they love hasn’t changed, and you’ll still be able to find your games, streamers and groups when you visit Games on the Facebook app.”
The Facebook Gaming app was used as a hub for fans to follow their favorite streamers or interact with the official social media pages of various games. It would also allow the purchase of certain mobile titles.
Meta poured a lot of money into the Facebook Gaming initiative, signing up big content creators from Twitch and YouTube on exclusive multi-year deals. This led to similar exclusivity deals from YouTube, Twitch, and the now-defunct Mixer.
Meta game production is currently focused on virtual reality and its use in the metaverse. Despite the warm critical and consumer reception to Meta Quest 2, Meta’s recent decision to increase the price by $100 may halt this growth.
Reality Labs, the Meta subdivision behind Quest, blamed the increased cost on rising production and shipping costs.
“By adjusting the price of Quest 2, we can continue to increase our investment in innovative research and development of new products that propel the virtual reality industry to new heights.
“We have an ambitious VR hardware roadmap, starting with the launch of our high-end headset, Project Cambria, later this year. And we plan to release new generations of Meta Quest after that.”