Instant Games, A New HTML5 Cross-platform Gaming Experience on Facebook Messenger

Social, fun and competitive, games on Messenger feature score-based leaderboards, in-context chat, and group thread conversations to challenge, celebrate and congratulate.

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Facebook Messenger just got way more fun with the ability to play games right in the messaging conversations, allows people to easily discover, share, and play games without having to install new apps.

Now when you open the latest Messenger app on your device, you just need to open a conversation with someone, then tap on the game controller icon located below where you type message, and choose a game to start playing.

This new social experience featuring score-based games, leaderboards, and group thread conversations to challenge and compete against anyone on Messenger. Once you finishes a round, people in the conversation will see your score and will have the opportunity to challenge you back.

Players still though retain complete control of their gameplay experience, and can "share their scores only with the people they're playing with in Messenger."

In addition Instant Games can be played on News Feed as well, as it include the "Instant Play" call-to-action to help drive distribution and discovery of new games.

Facebook Messenger Instant Games Beta

Facebook Messenger Instant Games Beta.

And, through the dedicated Instant Games bookmark, people can view and instantly replay to all their favorite titles they previously enjoyed across both platforms.

These Instant Games enables a seamless cross-platform experience where people can discover new games through recommendations, posts, challenges, and Facebook Pages of individual games. "People can also discover games within the Messenger search field, or on Facebook News Feed where they can play solo or challenge friends back in Messenger," writes Facebook.

The new HTML5 cross-platform Instant Games on Messenger are the first to be rolled out on Facebook's new Instant Games cross-platform gaming experience.

There are currently 17 Instant Games available to play, "with many more to come" in 30 countries for iOS v8 or later and Android v5 or later.

To learn more about how to access Instant Games on Messenger and Facebook News Feed, take a look at this video:

For games developers Instant Games opens up a unique opportunity to reach the 1.79 billion people on Facebook, as well as 1 billion people on Messenger—with just one build which will run across multiple platforms.

Interested developers, can learn about how to onboard titles to Instant Games by registering HERE.