Facebook Messenger Instant games launched

Facebook has announced that its new Messenger game-playing features are now available to the entire 1.2 billion people who use the app every month.

The games are all no-download, played within the Messenger app itself while users can now play turned-based games, such as classic Words with Friends, with your friends. This goes hand-in-hand with new leaderboards and tournament play modes.

“We’re starting to roll out Instant Games on Messenger more broadly for the 1.2 billion people who use Messenger every month,” the company said on the post. Other games like Blackstorm’s EverWing will be among the first to use Game bots. Facebook will also bring Miniclip’s 8 Ball Pool where you will be able to play pool within Messenger.

As part of the expanded rollout of Instant Games, Facebook is also introducing turn-based play, first announced back at its F8 developer conference last month, with the ability for game makers to integrate leaderboards and tournaments. Words with Friends is one of the first titles to make use of these features, as Zynga tries to regain some influence in the mobile gaming sector after failing to make the jump from Facebook to iOS and Android.

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