March 4, 2021
Facebook cloud gaming goes live

Facebook Forays into the Cloud Gaming Market and Does so with No Downloads or Controllers Required

Facebook is now in the cloud gaming business, following the likes of competitors Amazon and Google, with no controller required to play…

The latest tech giant to jump into the cloud gaming game is none other than Facebook. In its ongoing quest to swallow as much of the internet as possible, the world’s largest social network is taking on Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. What makes this one different is there’s no need to download anything or buy a controller (as is the case with Google’s Stadia).

Facebook Cloud Gaming goes Live

Another way Facebook is setting itself apart from the competition is that all the games its platform offers are free-to-play. And although in-app purchases are enabled from the outset, there are no associated upfront costs, either. (Which isn’t guaranteed to stay the same; something that’s possible at some point in the future.) Eager players can now access Facebook’s new cloud games in California, Texas, and several Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Jason Rubin, VP of Play for Facebook, explains:

“…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 it’s not exactly a secret.”

William Boleys

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