Earlier this year Facebook announced it would be giving gaming content creators tools to be seen by more people.
One of those tools has just launched in the form of Fb.gg – a game streaming hub that is reminiscent of Twitch.
True, Facebook has allowed gaming streaming for some time now but there hasn’t been a way to find streamers easily, Fb.gg changes that.
The home page (which is just a section of the Facebook website) reminds us a lot of the early days of Twitch. Live streams are featured at the top of the page while further down the page live streams are arranged by game.
At the moment PUBG, Fortnite, and PUBG Mobile are the most streamed, and most watched games but you can also watch some Hearthstone, League of Legends, Overwatch, heck, it’s a game streaming site you could probably find Runescape if you looked long enough.
Viewers can also tip gamers with stars. A pack of 100 stars costs R18.28, 378 stars at R65.29 and 795 stars at R130.58. These can be used to post comments or just tip your favourite gamer.
There is also an option to clip the last 30 seconds of play.
The Facebook Gaming hub is also good news for esports fans. Recently Facebook and ESL penned a deal that would see Dota 2 and Counter Strike Global Offensive tournaments broadcast exclusively through Facebook. It should be easier to find those events now that there is a central hub on Facebook for live streams.
Blizzard’s native streaming solution in Battle.net might also come in handy now that it’s easier to be found.
What’s got our tongues wagging, however, is the quality of the stream. We are on a 4Mbps internet connection and we never saw the stream stutter or the image quality dip. Those on slower internet connections that have ever tried to stream something from Twitch will know how frustrating that experience can be here in South Africa.
Whether the same can be said for hosting a live stream remains to be seen. Perhaps we’ll give that a test this evening.
Whether Facebook can compete with Twitch and YouTube Gaming remains to be seen but we’d hazard a guess that Facebook’s sheer size means it might have more than a fighting chance.