Starting today, Messenger just got way more fun – or competitive – depending on how you look at it, with the ability to play games right in your messaging conversations. Instant Games in Messenger is a new gaming tab on your Messenger app that grants you the option to compete with your family and friends to be the King or Queen of the gaming world. So when you’re looking for a reason to connect with your best friend who lives on the other side of the world, you can kick off a round of Words with Friends and of course you always have time to challenge your brother to SPACE INVADERS!
This gaming experience will first roll out to 30 countries, and is available for newer iOS and Android operating systems. And, as always, you have complete control of how you use Messenger – your scores are only shared with the Messenger Groups you’re playing with, and your top score is visible to just your friends so it’s easy to find new people to challenge. Messenger has also made it very simple to start playing: In the latest version of the app, open a conversation with a friend (or friends!), tap on the game controller icon just below where you type your message, and choose a game to start playing right away.
This fun and competitive new update for Messenger features score-based league tables, in-context chat, and group thread conversations to challenge, celebrate and congratulate your mates.
The one billion people who use Messenger every month connect, debate and share in so many ways – from sending Stickers when words aren’t enough, tapping on Instant Video to share your smiles with Mom after an awesome day, or making a quick voice call to let your friends know you are running late. Now they can connect and compete over their favorite games. We think this is just the beginning for games on Messenger — look for new titles to be added, and for new ways to play. Game on!