With the death of Facebook Gaming, is the metaverse dreamed up by Mark Zuckerberg doomed to disappear?
It is not a surprise, Facebook Gaming is a failure. Since its launch in 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the platform had the ambition to compete with the giant Twitch by becoming both a video game streaming service, while offering a catalog of mini-games more or less successful. At the time, several streamers had even signed an exclusive contract with the service, while having the promise of evolving in an ecosystem in full construction.
Finally, it is a bitter observation for the gaming subsidiary of the American firm. Facebook Gaming’s scheduled shutdown seemed inevitable, the latter having failed to counter the hegemony of Twitch, which remains the sole master on board. Amazon’s platform still brings together a very large majority of the public, with 76.7% of spectators in the second quarter of 2022against only 7.9% for Facebook Gaming reported a few months ago the company StreamLabs.
Facebook still wants to bet on video games
There is no question of giving up gaming. Despite the announced death of its dedicated branch, an official statement from the company detailed: “You’ll still be able to find your games, streamers, and groups when you go to the Games page in the Facebook app.“. Specifically, only the dedicated application has been removed from online stores, both on iOS and Android. The games should therefore remain accessible from the Facebook home page, but the additional publications related to video game news will be doomed to disappear.
This failure obviously raises questions about the Meta’s ambitions in the video game sector. However, the company has announced that it intends to focus its efforts on the development of its Oculus virtual reality headset, as well as on its projects around the Metaverse. Virtual worlds are still far from having taken over our daily lives, but video games could be the first step towards large-scale democratization.
The metaverse is already here, but no one cares