Facebook introduces AR games to Messenger

Facebook introduces AR games to Messenger

Facebook is now collaborating with United States banks in order to develop some new services on their Messenger platform.

The games can be found in the latest version of the Messenger app by starting a video chat and tapping the star button.

"Today we're excited to make connecting with your friends in video chat even more fun - and competitive! - with multiplayer video chat AR games".

There are two games that will initially be available for users to plan with more set to be released soon.

The games are fairly rudimentary, but highlight how Facebook is continuing to push forward with augmented reality as it experiments with new formats and experiences for its users, experiences that could lead to future monetisation opportunities as Facebook's revenue growth slows and its profits shrink.

"As part of the proposed deals, Facebook asked banks for information about where its users are shopping with their debit and credit cards outside of purchases they make using Facebook Messenger", the report added.

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Users can now challenge their friends with two games: "Don't Smile", where players see who can hold the longest face, and "Asteroid Attack", where they navigate their spaceships without hitting asteroids.

There's no mystery technique herein using augmented reality games to keep the audience captivated: Facebook is utilizing this as an approach to keep you inundated in Messenger talks where you may some way or another be enticed to hang up (or consider a rival service).

Facebook is copying Snapchat yet again.

"The person or group you are video chatting with will get a notification indicating it's time to get your game on", said Facebook. With this surge in video chat calls, Facebook will look to introduce more interactive features like these into its Messenger app.

Ever wish you could spice up a video chat with flying asteroids?

It's probably because Facebook is a habit that is hard to break, and most users don't want to quit it because they don't want to erase the thousands of pictures and interactions they have stored through the platform.

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