Facebook continues to challenge Amazon's twitch streaming service with new features focused on the growing community of livestreamers. At San Diego's Game Developers Conference (GDC), the social network announces the direct live streaming of PC games on Facebook and in-game rewards for livestream viewers.
This push for more streaming features makes it easier for developers to integrate video-sharing features directly into their games and make live streaming accessible to more players under Facebook's focus.
Facebook Releases a New Game Software Development Kit (SDK) for PC Games Focusing on New Livestreaming Features Alex Hopmann, Software Developer for Games on Facebook, in a Blog Post
The New Livestreaming Application Programming Interface (API) allows developers to insert the Facebook streaming functionality directly into their PC games. This means that players can now stream to the Facebook interface (profiles, pages, groups) within seconds from the game client without the need for third-party hardware or software.
The new live streaming API will also be available to mobile developers in the coming weeks via an updated mobile SDK.
And thanks again to the Rewards feature, developers can give free rewards to viewers who engage in live streaming on Facebook. Rewards help to increase interaction between players while players watch and at the same time provide an incentive to jump back into the game.
Hi-Rez Studios, developer of Paladins: Champions of the Empire, has tested rewards during the Paladins Global Series more engagement and very positive feedback from viewers Based on the strong results, Hi-Rez will officially receive rewards in the Paladins on March 24th Publish Premier League. And Facebook makes the reward feature available to all PC game developers.
More than 800 million players play a Facebook-related game every month, and the Game SDK is the engine that helps bring the community to PC from console to console via any gaming interface.
The PC game streaming feature will help developers get more players into their games sooner and later, chunks of time and more often, Facebook said. Players can soon capture great moments and share videos on Facebook pages, groups, and profiles with a new, functional clipping feature.
Facebook Login and Friend Finder are tools that help game developers connect their communities. At BlizzCon, Blizzard cited a Facebook integration called Suggested Friends that helped players double their Battle.net network, the studio's online gaming platform.
Key Player Stats, a New Feature in the Game SDK PC game developers can help their community by integrating real-time player statistics from their titles into Facebook groups. As a theme, games make up one of the largest categories of groups on Facebook in total. Now players can post their stats in a group to connect and find others to play with.
Finally, Facebook said PC developers could incorporate custom app events and use Facebook Analytics to better tune and understand their game's community activities. This new feature in the PC game development game SDK was previously available on mobile devices and the Web. Over time, content and activities organically created by the game communities on Facebook will form a unique gamer graphic that will allow PC developers to better communicate player experiences.