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PC Game Streaming Comes To Facebook Live To Compete With Other Platforms

Facebook Live has never captured a gaming audience since its inception. Despite streaming Overwatch events though the platform, nothing ever captured the hearts of gamers. A new Games SDK for PC from Facebook could change things up, though. The social media platform wants to allow gamers to stream PC titles at the push of a button. However, it remains to be seen whether the company can give users an incentive to switch from Twitch or YouTube.

Simply put, Facebook wants to make it easier for developers, streamers, and gamers to stream on its own platform. Popular streamers from Twitch and YouTube pull in a lot of money for their respective companies. It’s no surprise Facebook wants to join the action with its own Live platform. The company knows that incentives are necessary to pull in an audience, so various benefits will be rolled out for everyone involved.

Since its inception, Facebook Live hasn’t done much except draw controversy due to the content of users’ streams. Catering to gamers is a brand new direction for the platform because game streaming was almost nonexistent in the past. A lot of time, effort, and incentives will need to be brought to the platform to attract developers, streamers, and viewers. Twitch and YouTube are already kings in the market after all.

In fact, even Microsoft runs its own game streaming platform with a small user base. Facebook’s first step toward gaining a foothold will be to topple Microsoft’s user base for Mixer. All the money in the world won’t guarantee success in this venture. Still, Facebook wants its Live platform to be the perfect place to stream anything and everything. The tides could turn in Facebook’s favor in due time.

Twitch, YouTube, and even Mixer have nothing to fear at the moment. With a strong enough push and innovative features, Facebook Live’s PC game streaming could gain an audience. Catering to both developers and streamers will be key to starting out on the right foot. Even a minor misstep could doom Facebook Live to a status of last place in the streaming world.

Facebook Hopes to Compete with Twitch

It’s no secret that Facebook wants to dominate the internet. Mark Zuckerberg wants his sight to be the place people go to share photos, connect with friends, read the news, seek entertainment, and a myriad of other activities.

That’s why the development of Facebook Live comes as little surprise. Facebook Live is nothing new, per se; Facebook Live has enjoyed a streaming relationship with video game giant Blizzard since 2016. What is new is the expansion of Facebook Live to be more competitive with Twitch and YouTube.

Video game streaming makes a lot of money. Successful streamers not only earn significant in-game bonuses; they earn a revenue as well. But that’s not the only way streaming is profitable. Streaming drives traffic. Due to monetized ads and other means, internet traffic means profit.

Right now, Twitch is the go-to for live game streaming. YouTube is the preferred source for walkthroughs and Let’s Plays. Facebook is hoping to change that.

With their latest update, Facebook now makes it easy to stream PC games through the Facebook Live platform, with minimal external hardware or additional software required. Facebook is also providing incentives for viewers to watch on Facebook instead of elsewhere, including in-game bonuses and other features.

While Facebook Live is unlikely to have a serious impact on the legions of streaming enthusiasts on YouTube and Twitch, they no doubt hope to attract more casual viewers, making it easy for people to transition from browsing through their feed to watching a live stream. Since there are undoubtedly people who are not fond of the communities on YouTube or Twitch, it shouldn’t be too difficult for Facebook to lure some of those viewers to their own streaming service.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Attracts the Big Names of Fighting Games

Even before its launch, Namco Bandai’s newest venture Dragon Ball FighterZ was turning heads. Developed with Arc System Works (creators of the popular BlazBlue and Guilty Gear fighting games), this new entry into the storied Dragon Ball series of games looked to be like nothing fans had ever seen before.

Upon release, this hype proved to be more than just talk, as 2 million copies sold within just the week of release made it the quickest selling Dragon Ball game ever made. This momentum hasn’t slowed a month later, as the competitive scene is finally taking off at tournaments, with some interesting developments not commonly seen within the community.

With most fighting games, a certain niche of players is the goal of any developer. Rather than attract a wide variety of players, they try to court certain groups that like a particular franchise, combat system, or other feature that their game has that others don’t. As a result, many of the biggest names in fighting games stick to their particular title of choice for competition.

Not so for FighterZ, as it has somehow managed to draw in some of the most highly ranked gamers from other franchises, many of which do not typically stray from their game of choice. According to Steve Barthelemy, a longtime veteran of the anime fighting game genre using the name “Lord Knight” at competition, FighterZ has done what few games before it could and attracted a sustainable number of players post-launch.

In his experience, all four lobbies the game has at present are consistently packed with players, and offline spaces like Esports Arena in Santa Ana, California draw huge crowds wanting to compete in or watch the game being played. Others, too, like Dominique “SonicFox” McLean, champion of games like Skullgirls, Mortal Kombat, and many more, as well as his longtime rival William “Leffen” Hjelte, the undisputed “god” of Super Smash Bros. Melee, have both joined the fight in FighterZ.

It’s easy to see why, though. With so many people having grown up with the Dragon Ball franchise across the world, it makes sense many of those people would want to take a crack at the series’ newest venture into video games. And momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon, meaning there might be more than just nostalgia attached to this game.

The Joys of PC Gaming

There are reasons that people get involved in PC gaming even with all of the available technology in gaming consoles. One of the reasons behind gaming with PCs is that PCs are known for their versatility more than consoles. The idea of consoles being used for more than video games is still relatively new. It is less than 5 generations ago that video game consoles were only able to play video games while PCs could do so much more.

When people use some of the older consoles, one thing they will notice is that it is not possible to download games onto the hard drive. PCs have been able to download games and update them. This is one thing that was missing from the older gaming consoles. If anyone wanted an update or a patch to their game, they would have to wait for an updated CD of their game. Even then, they would have to hope that the gaming console would release the product. Meanwhile, patches could be downloaded from the internet onto the PC. Therefore, if there are any errors in the game, they can be corrected without having to buy the game over again.

Video game consoles have recently caught up with the PCs. Gaming consoles have become so advanced that they might as well just be called consoles as opposed to video game consoles. While they can play video games with some of the most advanced graphics, they can do so much more for the user. This is one thing that makes the system like the PS4 compete with PCs like the new Zenbook 13 and other PCs that can be used for video games.