When the coronavirus pandemic shutdown most mainstream sports back in March, esports were there to help fill the void. For sports enthusiasts and bettors at online sportsbook, the top esports competitions turned into one of the only games on the board.
The popular social media site Facebook appears to see the value in esports with its new gaming app on iOS. This will have a heavy focus on streaming live events and competitive tournaments. Appropriately known as the Facebook Gaming App, it has finally gone live once passing Apple’s approval process.
The only real purpose of this app is to watch gaming content. Given the overall size and popularity of Facebook with a younger audience, this should provide a shot in the arm to esports in general. The streamed content will be pre-recorded as well as live feeds.
This is not Facebook’s first attempt at streaming gaming content. In the past, a number of large events were streamed on the platform. However, many of the viewers voiced their disappointment over the quality of the stream. With more attention paid towards clearing up the tech side of the app, the new and improved version will hopefully offer a much better finished product.
Facebook Gaming released a tweet on Friday, Aug. 7 that was reposted in a gaming report on Forbes.com. It read:
“Well we have some good news. We’re launching the stand-alone Facebook Gaming App today on iOS. We know many creators and fans have been waiting for a long time for it, so thanks for sitting tight.”
The early days of streaming esports lacked the clarity and the quality in the broadcasts. This made these events rather difficult to follow. Behind the scenes, there were a number of technical issues that needed to be addressed.
Facebook has continually made the effort to improve the final product but certain issues still remained. Hopefully this latest addition to the streaming platform eliminates any of the problems that plagued those efforts in the past. One of the key missing features was a dedicated mobile app.
The primary improvement should be noticed by dedicated mobile users. Gaming events were viewable in the past through the normal Facebook app. However, in the absence of a dedicated gaming mobile app, avid esports fans still found it hard to use and watch. The dedicated focus on gaming is a monumental move in the right direction.
True esports fans are mainly interested in the actual gaming content related to the various competitive events. Now that Facebook has launched a dedicated gaming app, it has definitely targeted that particular audience.
Facebook Gaming has finally put itself in position to make some major strides with the esports gaming community. The next step in the process is the right to stream exclusive events. There are bound to be a few esports companies moving in that direction. It will be interesting to see just how big a role Facebook will be able to play in the overall industry.
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I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.
It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.
The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.
My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.
I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.