Meta shuts down standalone Facebook Gaming app

Meta has started notifying users of its standalone Facebook Gaming app that it will soon be unavailable. In an in-app notification (as shared by social media consultant Matt Navarra and other posts), the company announced that the iOS and Android versions of the app will stop working on October 28. Meta also gives users the option to download their search data and reminds them that Facebook Gaming isn’t going away completely. Users will only need to head to the Games tab of the main Facebook app to watch live streams from their favorite creators.

The company released the dedicated gaming app in 2020 to better compete with Twitch and YouTube. Meta (still known as Facebook at the time) designed the app to highlight content from streamers and to provide users with group chat and other community features. He didn’t say why he decided to shut down the standalone app, but it could be part of his cost-cutting efforts meant to help him weather what Mark Zuckerberg calls “one of the worst slowdowns.” [the company has seen] in recent history.”

Over the past year, streaming tool providers such as StreamElements have reported that Facebook Gaming is only second to Twitch when it comes to hours watched on a game streaming platform. However, we looked at data from CrowdTangle, Meta’s analytics service, and found that the platform was inundated with spam and pirated content masquerading as game live streams. At the time, a spokesperson said Engadget that Meta “worked to improve [its] tools to identify infringing content” so users can have “the best experience”.

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