Facebook's Gameroom tries to beat Steam

Facebook is taking a swing at Valve's Steam platform, but they should prepare for a long run since Steam has over 125 million users.

@LanaJelic
Published Thu, Nov 3 2016 7:07 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:57 AM CST

Facebook is making a big push into PC gaming with the launch of its Gameroom, a Windows desktop gaming platform. The app is available for users to download on Windows 7 and up.

Facebook's Gameroom tries to beat Steam | TweakTown.com

The app is easy to install and lets users play games without the distraction of the News Feed. Users can browse the games by category, see all the games they usually play on Facebook and get all the game notifications in one place.

The Gameroom is filled with many games, some that you are already familiar with from Facebook, but there are also some native Gameroom games that you can check out.

To sum it up, Facebook is taking a swing at Valve's Steam platform, but they should prepare for a long run since Steam has over 125 million users.

Facebook won't be the first company to try to compete with Valve's Steam distribution platform, EA, Ubisoft and Rockstar have all launched their own services as well with mixed success. The reality is that Steam is still the most developer friendly platform and the most user-friendly as well, until Facebook can accomplish both of those things as well as or better than Steam, they won't be much of a threat.

Lana has a passion for technology and science. She spends her time looking for the latest and most interesting technology and science news. Her passion is in gadgets, wearables, and other cool and interesting applications of technology or science. She also spends her free time gaming in MMOs like World of Warcraft. She has prior experience covering technology for publications and breaking news. If she’s not doing either, you might just find her exploring the metaverse in VR. Lana wants to expand TweakTown’s coverage of mobile, wearables and gadgets while also bringing her experience with science and general tech to TweakTown. Her area of coverage is around science, technology, smartphones, wearables, and general neat gadgets. She hopes to one day be able to drive around in her self-driving car while she schedules an appointment for a SpaceX trip to the moon on her smartwatch.

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