Facebook Live Gets into Game Streaming

Facebook Live Gets into Game Streaming
Facebook has teamed up with Blizzard Entertainment to introduce live video game streaming to the social network.

(CCM) — Facebook Live and Blizzard Entertainment, a branch of Activision, have struck a deal that will allow the companies to provide gamers with the opportunity to use their Facebook accounts to share their gaming experiences. The announcement of the collaboration was made on Monday in a blog post on Activision's website and specified that Blizzard would be making the first steps to integrate Facebook's login services into its software within the coming weeks. One focus of the partnership will be to implement Facebook's "Go Live" streaming functionality into Blizzard's popular games, namely its forthcoming release, Overwatch®, enabling players to share their gaming sessions directly to their timelines. In a statement, Facebook's Global Games Partnerships Director Leo Olebe explained, "Our collaboration on Overwatch demonstrates Facebook's commitment to partnering with AAA game companies, while further empowering Blizzard gamers to connect and share the content they're most passionate about with the friends they play with around the world."

Facebook has been investing quite a bit into its Live service recently. In May, the social network announced that its interactive global Live Map had been fully integrated into the social network. When users click around on the map, they are able to tune into live streams that are occurring at that moment in any of the 60 countries included in the map's coverage. The service is currently only available for desktop users.

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