Facebook Adds Messenger Games To Video Chats

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The firm is introducing augmented reality games in its Messenger chats.

The disclosures follow a report in "The Wall Street Journal" that Facebook is urging banks to offer information such as credit card transactions and checking account balances so the social giant can offer customer service options on its messaging platform, Messenger.

The introduction of games into Messenger is another strategy by Facebook to increase user engagement on the platform.

Facebook is finding new ways to make its chatting app Messenger more interactive to the users. The two games available now are "Don't smile" and "Asteroid attack". These games test each player's ability to steer a spaceship using their face. The new video chat AR games feature a multiplayer mode so that you can play with up to six people at a time.

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It remains to be seen what sort of a deal gets worked out between USA banks and Facebook in the long run.

Early this week the Wall Street Journal claimed Facebook was sounding out major U.S. financial institutions over the possibility of accessing customers" banking information as a means of offering them "new services', such as fraud alerts and instant balance checks directly within Facebook Messenger.

The games will be launching in the latest version of Messenger and once you're updated it's easy to load them. "Asteroids Attack" sees you move your face around to navigate a space ship, avoiding rocks and grabbing laser beam powerups. More games, including one where you throw a virtual beach ball back and forth among friends, are coming soon. The person on the other end of the video call will get a notification that you've started the game, and both the users can then indulge in some play time.

With apps like Skype and WhatsApp, the video chat market is extremely saturated; not to mention the fact that all iPhone users have Facetime built into their phones.

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