Are you a gamer that wants to show off your skills but, thanks to terrible connections to Twitch servers, you’re left wanting?
Good news, Facebook is piloting a project that might give gaming content creators that can’t (or won’t) use services such as Twitch or YouTube a leg-up.
The Facebook Gaming Creator Program appears to be centered around helping creators build a community and then engage with that community.
Facebook believes that with its wealth of platforms (such as Instagram) it can better help creators be seen by those that might enjoy their content.
Perhaps most interesting is news that Facebook wants to include tools that gamers need to make a living off of streaming. This functionality includes fans making payments to creators during streams via the Facebook website.
“There’s a lot of work to be done, but we’re committed to building the fundamental architecture that gaming creators need to be successful, starting with foundational elements like enabling all creators in the program to livestream in 1080p/60fps. Most of all, with each new feature we add for gaming video, we’re committed to building it alongside our creators hand-in-hand,” said Facebook in a statement.
Now for the elephant in the corner.
Facebook and ESL drew huge amounts of controversy last week when ESL announced it would be streaming the ESL One Genting Dota 2 games exclusively through Facebook. That meant no streams on Twitch or YouTube and those that did attempt to broadcast the games on Twitch (a completely legal move in the eyes of Valve) found themselves on the receiving end of a DMCA from ESL.
This will leave many with a sour taste in their mouth at the thought of Facebook taking over from Twitch.
That having been said this is simply a pilot project and the more ways there are for folks to stream their favourite hobby to folks and make money off of it the merrier we say.
You can sign up for the Gaming Creator Program over on Facebook.[Source – Facebook]