Facebook has launched their new gaming platform, Gameroom. Previously known as Facebook Games Arcade, the platform now has a new name and a new desktop app.
After being announced at Unity’s game development platform conference, Gameroom is here. The platform works for Windows 7 and up, and is available to developers and users now, in beta, and will allow Unity developers to export games directly into it.
According to Facebook, Gameroom is:
Facebook Gameroom for PC gaming (Arcade project) is a Windows-native client available as a free download for players worldwide. Within the new Facebook Gameroom, players can experience both web games and also native games built exclusively for the platform. Building native games for Facebook Gameroom brings many benefits for you and your players:
- Facebook Gameroom for PC gaming focuses on gameplay for players, ensuring an exclusive and immersive gaming experience
- Developing in Facebook Gameroom natively takes less time: it’s easier compared to HTML5 and gives better solutions around threading, debugging, networking and memory management
- Facebook Gameroom provides better performance in terms of app launch timings and memory consumption in native games.
Rather obviously, this will only apply to casual gamers, but that makes up the majority of the game’s market. It will be interesting to follow the success or failure of this project.