Meta announces the closure of the standalone Facebook Gaming app

The app for gamers and live-streamers will no longer work from October 28th

Launched in 2018 with high hopes for its potential exploitation of the social network’s huge audience, Facebook Gaming has long struggled to compete with rivals such as Amazon-owned Twitch, Google’s YouTube Gaming Live, and Microsoft’s Mixer. The latter closed as early as 2020 while Facebook Gaming accounted for just 7.9% of the market share for hours watched in the second quarter of 2022, according to industry research published earlier this month by StreamLabs. Twitch dominated the market share, with around 76.7%, and YouTube Gaming Live accounted for 15.4%. Starting from that date, the Facebook Gaming app for iOS and Android will no longer be available on the app stores. In a note that appeared last Tuesday, the Facebook Gaming team wanted to thank users for their farewell: “We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you for everything you have done to build a thriving community for players and fans since this app was launched for the first time. ” Despite leaving Facebook Gaming, it will still be possible to find games, streamers and groups on the main Facebook app.