Just over two years after its launch, Facebook has announced that it will soon be pulling the plug on the Facebook Gaming app for Android and iOS. A new banner in the app indicates that it will stop working as of October 28, 2022 and will no longer be available for download on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
Two years after debuting Facebook Gaming, Facebook launched a dedicated Facebook Gaming app on Android. The app provided mobile gamers with an easy way to stream their gameplay and watch other streamers on their phones. It also offered support for instant games that users could enjoy without downloading to their devices. While Facebook is removing the app, some of these features will still be available in the main Facebook app.
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The company notes, “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.”
Although Facebook Gaming users will find some of its features in the main Facebook app, the latter does not seem to offer support for live streaming of mobile games. Since the ability to easily stream games live from a phone is what makes the Facebook Gaming app special, the lack of it might turn off some users. However, Facebook could add the feature to the main app in the weeks before the deadline.
At the moment, it is not clear why Facebook has decided to end the dedicated app Facebook Gaming. We look forward to the company sharing more details as we get closer to the deadline and will be sure to let you know as soon as we have more details.