Facebook Gameroom Is A PC Gaming Platform That Looks Like Steam

Ali Salman
Posted Nov 2, 2016
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Facebook was a home to some of the most popular and addicting games like Candy Crush and Farmville. Losing the game playing stage to iOS and Android, Facebook is moving on to step ahead in the category. Facebook has announced Gameroom – its PC gaming platform for casual games. The company has announced that the platform will soon allow uploads from Unity developers. There’s more on Facebook Gameroom.

Facebook Gameroom Is The Company’s Steam Competitor?

The beta build is now available for developers and users can download it from here. Facebook first unveiled the idea in May, citing that its working on Games Arcade. Facebook Gameroom is part of the company’s ongoing partnership with Unity. Developers will now be able to create games in Unity and will also be able to export them directly to WebGL and Facebook Gameroom.

One interesting thing to note here is that Gameroom and Steam are pretty similar, as far as some of the aspects go. Currently, the platform looks to be adamant for Facebook since there’s nothing worth playing at the moment. Nonetheless, Facebook has considered moving ahead to a new niche, which could possibly gather in much traction in the future.

As we have mentioned Facebook and Unity’s partnership, the connection between them makes Gameroom an interesting prospect for gamers. Nonetheless, for the proper hardcore gamers, there’s no doubt that Steam will remain the platform of choice. Facebook needs to produce some of the popular titles if it needs to establish Gameroom as a platform designed for more than just casual games.

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Facebook’s advantage here is its strong user base. Other than this, Facebook’s advertising platform will lure in game developers to market their product to gamers on-platform. This will be a secondary advantage for Facebook.

Facebook Gameroom has a long way to go and a lot of work needed to make people shift from other platforms. Steam currently has 125 million active users. Facebook Gameroom could potentially go head-to-head Steam, if it adopts the right direction and right titles for users. Nonetheless, it’s still too early to jump to any conclusions. We will share more on this in the coming days, so be sure to stay tuned for that.

This is it for now, folks. Do you think that Facebook Gameroom will have any impact on Steam or gaming as a whole? Do you think Facebook made the right call entering the market at this time? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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