Facebook needs to make it simpler to search out video games

Facebook’s gaming tab. 


Facebook customers who play video games on the social community will quickly have a faster approach to view such content material. 

The social community mentioned Thursday that it is rolling out a gaming tab within the app’s navigation bar, which seems on the prime of the display screen for Android and the underside for iPhones. The shortcut will pop up just for individuals who spend time enjoying video games, viewing gaming movies or interacting in gaming teams. 

Currently, customers can entry the gaming tab, however they must click on on Facebook’s bookmarks menu and scroll via different icons to search out it. 

Thursday’s transfer highlights how Facebook, which has been hit by various scandals, is attempting to get customers to spend extra time on the social community. It’s additionally a part of Facebook’s efforts to present customers extra management over what they see on the app. 

Last 12 months, Facebook redesigned the app’s navigation bar to show customized shortcuts for options individuals use essentially the most. Those included the social community’s video hub, Watch, together with Groups and Marketplace, the place customers purchase and promote stuff. 

More than 700 million Facebook customers play video games, watch gaming movies or submit in gaming teams. The gaming tab within the app’s navigation bar will likely be launched to tens of thousands and thousands of individuals after which to others within the coming weeks, in response to the corporate. Facebook appears to be like at whether or not a consumer has performed video games, watched gaming movies or posted in gaming teams within the final 30 days to determine whether or not the shortcut ought to pop up within the navigation bar. 

“As we learn from the community, we’ll test new experiences in the tab, add more types of gaming content, and improve our content recommendations over time,” Facebook’s vp of gaming, Vijaye Raji, wrote in a weblog submit.

The icon for the gaming tab appears to be like like a blue dice made up of two puzzle items and likewise resembles the letter G. Facebook mentioned the puzzle items are speculated to signify totally different gaming communities coming collectively in a single place. 

Facebook’s hottest video games embody Ludo Club, Quiz Planet, OMG, Words With Friends, Word Blitz, Basketball FRVR, Jumpy Jumpy, and four Pics 1 Word.