Angry Birds and Sonic will soon be playable in Facebook Messenger

Angry Birds and Sonic will soon be playable in Facebook Messenger

Last November, Facebook launched Instant Games, a new platform for gaming with friends inside the Messenger chat app. It's with this spirit we're introducing two new features to Instant Games that will help you engage and connect with those you care about in new and different ways. Also coming down the line for Messengers Gaming service is Sonic Jump from Sega, Disney Tsum Tsum (I have no idea what this is, but apparently it's a thing) and Puzzle & Dragons.

That sounds like it'll be a score based competitive element rather than live multiplayer. The Facebook Messenger version is already launching in some regions and will be available worldwide "in the coming weeks", said Facebook.

That Disney Tsum Tsum game looks to be a puzzle title that will allow "players to collect, content and pop Tsum Tsum".

Messenger is also bringing new features to Instant Games including the ability to live stream your play via Facebook Live and share it with all of your friends on your account. It's easy to get started: while playing a game, tap the camera icon located in the upper right corner of the game. Then they can selects their audience and add a short description about the broadcast. Once the broadcast ends the video will be published to your Page or profile so that fans and friends who missed it can watch at a later time.

Facebook to bring live streaming and video chats to Instant Games
Facebook Messenger's Instant Games adds support for live stream, video chatting

Finally, Messenger is adding the option to play games with your friends while you're video chatting with them. Facebook said it will start testing the feature soon and will introduce the video chat tool early next year.

In addition, Facebook is also launching new games for Messenger next year, including Angry Birds. The games will be multi-player like Words With Friends from Zynga which will be the first game to launch.

"We're so glad that people are embracing the wonderful experiences game developers are building for Instant Games", Facebook said in its announcement.

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