Facebook hopes some friendly competition will get you to spend a little more time on Messenger.
Now you can challenge friends for high scores on Facebook Messenger's new Instant Games.
If you're bored whilst waiting for someone to text back, you can now play games like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Words With Friends Frenzy. The games are available in seconds, since they are built on the HTML5 mobile web standard, rather than having to be downloaded like other apps.
Instant games launched yesterday in over 30 countries, including the U.S. The games are now available on newer iOS and Android devices, and can be found by hitting the game controller icon in Facebook Messenger threads next to the photos and sticker buttons. You can also play across platforms from Facebook on desktop!
Consequently, if Facebook can use its 1 billion-user reach to lure developers and put games two clicks away, it may be in major competition with other social media platforms which is worth talking about with friends!