In the latest major update, Facebook Cloud Gaming is now available to 98% of users in the U.S and offers games by Ubisoft on mobile. The social media giant has announced the expansion of cloud computing infrastructure will roll out to 100 percent of users in the country and will release in Canada and Mexico by Fall, this year. And by early 2022, it will the video streaming service will expand to Europe.
Facebook Cloud Gaming launched in October 2020 on the web and Android devices. The video streaming service enables mobile users to instantly play games within their Facebook app or a browser, without downloading a dedicated app. However, the gaming service was not released on iOS because it did not comply with App Store’s rule which requires that every game is approved by the company. Recently, Xbox Cloud Gaming released iPhone, iPad, and PC via a web browser.
Although at the time of launch, Facebook did not want to launch Cloud Gaming on its iOS app, now it says otherwise. Engadget reports that “Facebook is still working to get cloud gaming onto iOS devices.”
Facebook Cloud Gaming brings popular Ubisoft titles to mobile
The cloud gaming service launched with 6 titles and immediately after, added 25 new titles like included State of Survival by FunPlus, Lego Legacy Heroes Unboxed and Dragon Mania Legends by Gameloft and Roller Coaster Tycoon Touch by Atari, Lego Legacy Heroes Unboxed and Dragon Mania Legends by Gameloft and State of Survival by FunPlus. And now the service’s expansions bring popular Ubisoft gameplays. As per the report;
To bolster its appeal, Facebook is partnering withFrance-based developer Ubisoft. The studio’s game subscription service is already available on Google Stadia and Amazon Luna, but (for now at least) Facebook will only host its mobile gaming titles. Ubisoft games available on the service include Assassin’s Creed Rebellion, Hungry Shark Evolution and Hungry Dragon, with Mighty Quest and Trials Frontier launching in the coming months. Facebook also recently acquired Unit 2, the developer behind game creation platform Crayta, with plans to integrate its tools into its cloud gaming platform.
Facebook wants to capture a decent market share of the lucrative video streaming industry. It is detailed that:
More than 1.5 million people play cloud-streamed games on Facebook every month, the company revealed. With 195 million daily users in North America and more than 1.87 billion global users on Facebook proper, the service has a big runway ahead of it. Despite offering less games than the competition, Facebook will be hoping that its focus on mobile titles can help it to thrive in the lucrative game streaming arena. The cloud gaming market will be worth an estimated $1.4 billion this year and over $5 billion in 2023, according to research firm NewZoo.