Over 245 million people use video chat on Messenger on a monthly basis and Facebook plans to bring this feature into Instant Games. The games will be multi-player like Words With Friends from Zynga which will be the first game to launch. The fun-sounding feature will kick off with Words With Friends, so instead of merely imagining your opponent's face when you lay down a 100-point word that no one's ever heard of, you'll soon have the fun of seeing their reaction when they realize what you've done.
Instant Games and the upcoming additional features are all part of Facebook's ongoing efforts to drive engagement with Messenger as well as Facebook, ending the need to exit the platform to play games, or launch live-streams via other apps like Periscope.
It also serves as Facebook's newest attempt to return to dominance in social gaming.
The platform is launching new games worldwide in 2018, including some popular titles, like Angry Birds.
Another new feature coming to Messenger will be live-streaming of games.
With this new features, the users will basically be able to record live streams so that they can be posted to the profile afterward.
Sonic Jump from SEGA, developed by SEGA HARDlight, will introduce a new, arcade style adventure to Messenger, featuring classic Sonic enemies, power-ups and traps as players challenge friends to see who can jump the farthest. Once this is selected you can choose the audience you wish to broadcast to and add a short description to say something about your video.
To start recording, just press the "Start Live Video" button. The stream will be available live, with the final video posted to the user's Page or profile so friends can also watch it at a later stage. You can remove the video post at any time, just like any other post.
The big new game coming is Angry Birds which will join the Messenger games line-up in early 2018.
Disney Tsum Tsum, published by LINE and launching in 2018, will bring beloved Disney characters to Messenger as players collect, connect and pop Tsum Tsum based on the popular Disney Tsum Tsum plushes. "To the people who continue to enjoy, share, compete and challenge themselves and their friends to games on Messenger, thanks for playing and game on", the company exclaimed. Both games have been built by CoolGames, an Instant Games platform developer.
More information on the live streaming and new games will be coming in the new year when the app updates.