Facebook Gaming has launched a new feature which that emphasizes bringing people together virtually. This new feature is called Tournaments which let gamers around the world compete against each other in a game right from their home.
As its name suggests, tournaments will let users create and organize virtual tournaments in a variety of formats. You can organize different formats from double elimination to round-robin. The social media giant has added this feature to remove some stress of social distancing when people are requested to stay at their homes due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The feature is intended for every kind of tournaments, from casual to high-level esports play. It’s also built directly into the Facebook Gaming platform itself, which means that creators can host fan tournaments and stream them, too. One of the best things about these tournaments is, the creators will also able to take advantage of Facebook’s fundraising tools to donate any money raised directly to relief organizations.
1/ Social distancing means we have to be apart, but games can still bring us together. So today we’re opening early access to Facebook Gaming tournaments, a feature to help people stay connected through games. pic.twitter.com/rYOIXBcIHS
— Facebook Gaming #playaparttogether (@FacebookGaming) April 7, 2020
Facebook says it’s meant to be a “one-stop-shop for everything critically important for tournament organizers.” It should also offer better discovery for tournament participants, and provide developers and communities with an easy way to connect.
This product is still in its development phase, but to promote social distancing during this pandemic, Facebook is giving early access to this feature. You can test it out right now by visiting here. While Twitch still ruling on the game streaming market, Facebook Gaming is also hiking its position.
According to data from Streamlabs, a live-streaming software, and analytics provider, the platform (Facebook Gaming) has experienced huge growth year over year. The watch hours of this platform have been increased three-times and its hours streamed doubled which is one of the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
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