The update is being rolled out in 30 countries with other countries to join in soon.
One can easily start playing a game by tapping on to the new game controller icon which would be visible only after you update your app. As of now, the social network giant has introduced 17 game titles including Pac-Man, Galaga, Space Invaders, Shuffle Cats Mini etc. Further, this new update is only being rolled out in 30 countries with other countries soon to join in. Also, the company didn't reveal the list so we have to wait and see if India is the lucky one to get the update in the first phase of roll out.
Facebook has partnered with developers like KONAMI, Zynga, King, Taito etc. to introduce the initial 17 titles. "We believe this new cross-platform gaming experience provides a new and unique discovery surface for our games and will delight and entertain our players around the world," said Kimihiro Horiuchi, Head of Global Marketing at Konami Digital Entertainment.
Also, Instant Games only work with your Messenger contacts which mean you can't play with people who are not in your Messenger contacts. Also, if you happen to have a lot of contacts but they aren't into gaming then you are in for a bit of struggle as well.
Till some months back, Facebook was in limelite for its partnership with Zynga which introduced 'FarmVille' but later on the gaming aspect of the social network giant never worked. So this might be Facebook's attempt to comeback in the field of social gaming both on mobile and desktop. Also, as Gadgets360 pointed out, Facebook might be monetizing Messenger with the addition of Instant Games feature.
Earlier this year, Facebook tested two simple yet addicting Messenger Soccer and Basketball games which needed users to flick soccer and basketballs on the screen with their fingers.
"The primary way that we expect people to be interacting with Instant Games is through Messenger, especially at first," said Leo Olebe, director of global games partnerships at Facebook.
The company is said to be working with carriers, internet service providers, and local entrepreneurs to help expand connectivity to underserved locations around the world.
Facebook was recently accused of putting up fake news which led to influential consequenced across the globe.
With Facebook Gameroom, the social media giant has reached out to developers by making it easier to bring high-quality games to the PC.
Earlier this month, Facebook rolled out a new feature called Messenger Day that tries to clone Snapchat's "Stories" feature.
Messenger is also adding a feature that will let users receive notifications about PayPal transactions.
To use the new feature, find a video on your phone or desktop, tap the TV button in the top right and then select the device you want to stream through.
This step is essentially Facebook's initiative towards developing markets like India where Internet access is still slow and not much spread out.
Facebook has reportedly rolled out end-to-end encryption for its Messenger users.
As of now, Messenger Lite will be available in Tunisia, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Venezuela but Facebook is expected to soon expand the service to other parts of the world as well.
Facebook At Work will essentially be enterprise communication platform and already has over 400 plus testers on board.