Since gaming has gotten much bigger since the pandemic began earlier this year, some companies have tried capitalizing on this, including the likes of Facebook.

On October 26, the company launched a new set of cloud-streamed games, enabling users on Android and the web to play games instantly, without the need to download anything extra.

Facebook said:

“Today we’re announcing that Facebook Gaming has launched several cloud-streamed games in the Facebook app and on browser — playable instantly, with no downloads required. We recently had 200,000 people playing our cloud-streamed games per week in limited regions, so while it’s not exactly a secret, I’m excited to lay out what we’re building.

Cloud game streaming promises to deliver unprecedented access to games across every screen. And while we’re thrilled to play a part in that future, that future is a ways off. So before we talk about our aspirations, let me start with what we’re not doing. Cloud gaming announcements are prone to hype, so I’m going to speak openly from the outset.”

Facebook is launching their cloud-streamed games in two formats:

  • Full, free-to-play mobile games in a relaunched destination for Play.
  • Cloud playable ads so people can instantly try out a game on Facebook.

The company is starting with a number of mobile-native games in Android APK formats.

“Our first set of games available this week include Asphalt 9: Legends by Gameloft; Mobile Legends: Adventure by Moonton; PGA TOUR Golf Shootout by Concrete Software, Inc.; Solitaire: Arthur’s Tale by Qublix Games; and WWE SuperCard by 2K. In the coming weeks we’ll add Dirt Bike Unchained by Red Bull, and we’ll continue to test new experiences and expand the games library in number, type, and genre.”

Facebook will begin increasing the number of games genres in the future as the beta “progresses and cloud technology scales.” This will begin in 2021 when they add action and adventure games. “Games will launch with in-app purchases and ads enabled, depending on game format and developer choice.”

For more details, go to the Facebook Gaming post here.