That’s all part of its vision to become the place where people play, watch, and share games.The company made the announcements today at its F8 annual developer event in San Jose, California.
In an interview with GamesBeat, Leo Olebe, the director of game partnerships at Facebook, said that people have played Instant Games 1.5 billion times in the past 90 days.Instant Games are based on the cross-platform HTML5 format, and they can run without being downloaded to a specific device.
Fans can embed them in their Facebook news feeds or Facebook Messenger feeds and get their friends to play instantly.
There are now more than 800 million people playing games on Facebook or playing while logged in to Facebook, up 23 percent from 650 million a year ago, Olebe said.
They can customize their own start and end screens and integrate new application programming interfaces (APIs) that can help drive share and connected gameplay.Olebe said that rich gameplay features are laying the groundwork to support a wider variety of games that extend beyond the lightweight, score-based games currently offered on the platform.A new version of EverWing (from Blackstorm Labs), along with Words with Friends from Zynga, will be launching on Instant Games in the coming weeks.
In a Messenger game, you can touch the joystick icon and challenge someone to play.