Once a part of them taking on streaming giants like Twitch, Facebook Gaming’s mobile app will soon say goodbye following a notice from the social media platform. The web or PC version will still be available for users though and integrated into the main Facebook app.
Sources cite Facebook Gaming’s struggle to significantly compete with other streaming giants as one reason for the app’s closure. In a report by Streamlabs, Facebook Gaming’s share of watch hours only sit at 7.9% compared to Twitch’s 76.7% market share. The data applies to quarter 2 of 2022. Twitch’s dominance can be attributed to the platform still being the go-to choice of many major Esports events like the PGL Antwerp Major, and Valorant Masters in Reyjavik. This while Facebook Gaming still focused on solo streamers and content creators, forging deals with the likes of DisguisedToast to try and stream exclusively on the platform. Despite this though, Facebook has not officially stated any actual reason as to why the dedicated Facebook Gaming is shutting down.
“We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you for everything that you’ve done to build a thriving community for gamers and fans since this app first launched“, says the company in their notice. “Despite this news, our mission to connect players, 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 Gaming in the Facebook app.”
All livestreaming functionality will still be available on Facebook’s web version after the app closure later this year. Viewers can also still watch their favorite Facebook streamers in the official Facebook app. What is not yet stated however if other functionalities such as directly streaming games from phones will be available on the main Facebook app. Facebook Gaming will no longer be available on Google Play and the iOS app store starting on October 28, 2022.