Facebook Shutting Down Mobile Gaming App Later This Year

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Aug 31, 2022

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In a notice sent to users, the company announced that the app would no longer be available by late October.

End in Sight

Facebook is shutting down its standalone mobile gaming app a little over two years after its introduction. The company notified users that it would no longer be available on Android and iOS app stores. The application will stop working from 28th October this year.

A popular Twitch game streamer disclosed the news via a screenshot on Twitter.

“We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you for everything that you’ve done to build a thriving community for gamers and fans since this app first launched,” the post said. “This was truly a community-led effort to bring new gaming features to Facebook.”

The tech giant has not given a reason for discontinuing the app. Its users can download their search data before the shutdown.

In the early months of the pandemic, Facebook threw its hat into the video game streaming ring dominated by Twitch. It saw an opportunity to offer a platform for mobile gamers based on the rising popularity of live streaming.

With the imminent shutdown in sight, Facebook is not turning away from gaming. “We’ll continue to support our gaming communities, developers, and creators on the main Facebook app where hundreds of millions of people play games, watch gaming video, and connect in gaming Groups each month,” a spokesperson said.

More directly, FB will focus on its Oculus Quest VR headset and gaming in the metaverse – the company’s current long-term priority.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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