Facebook courts developers with wealth of streaming and social-focused API changes

Facebook courts developers with wealth of streaming and social-focused API changes

It is now easier for players to stream games to Facebook thanks to changes from the social media giant's API.

The firm has revealed a number of changes designed to help developers out. The first is changes to its API, which the social media behemoth says will enable users to stream directly to Facebook within seconds. That's without any hardware magic or third-party software.

If you make mobile games, this functionality is coming to those platforms soon, too.

The streaming functionality isn't the only changed announced. Facebook has also revealed that developers will be able to reward those who tune in to watch their games on the social media colossus' streaming service.

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There's more, too. Facebook is integrating player stats from video games into their Groups, meaning that users can post their scores to a group. While only viable for a certain subset of games, this is certainly good promotion and engagement for game developers looking to generate buzz around their games.

And if that wasn't enough, changes to the Games SDK mean that developers can get an insight into their Facebook community via the platform's analytics service. This, the firm says, will let developers have a better picture of what their community is up to and what they want.

Right now, the new Games SDK is available for Windows 7 and up. There's no word in the release about Linux or Mac releases.

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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.