A while ago,Facebook purchase the well known VR headset company named Oculus for $2 billion to add to its gaming portfolio. Facebook is going to launch a platform full on PC-dedicated gaming today and it shows that Facebook wants to compete with the Steam and provide competition to mobile gaming on iOS and Android.
“Unity” Based Games:
New gaming platform will be available on web as well as desktop, developers are focusing on the very common Unity game engine. However under the new partnership the first project will be developer centric, and it will have direct impact on Facebook users playing games on Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg report it as a new feature added to the Unity engine which will allow development studio to publish their games directly on Facebook and Facebook’s new gaming platform “with very little effort and few code changes”.
The VP of Unity’s business development, Elliot Solomon said in a press release
Integrating tools that provide effortless access to Facebook’s network is a key part of helping developers find the success they deserve
Famous Games and VR apps coming soon
Unity engine itself is free to use for starters and a widely popular tool which has been used for a number of well known game titles such as Blind Forest, Superhot, Kerbal Space Program and the Ori, Firewatch and Alto’s Adventure.
These games could be transferred to Facebook by using new gaming platform with small changes by doing little effort from their respective developers. There are also lot of VR apps that are created by Unity engine which could also be added to the gaming platform.
Facebook owns Oculus VR as well, for which the company would need to sell apps and games sooner or later, and gaming platform will promote that. Last year Facebook paid the web-game developers $2.5 billion and more than 650 million people are working on its gaming network. In comparison, Steam has about 125 million monthly users.
Facebook is gonna test its new work environment currently, with applications to join will be available until August 31st.
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