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WeChat Brings in-app Gaming Tab: Report

"The programme grants deserving developers an additional 20 per cent cut in revenue."

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FILE - A picture illustration shows a WeChat icon in Beijing. VOA

The China-based messaging and payments platform WeChat is adding an in-app mini-gaming platform to let users play basic games like Tetris, open to developers worldwide.

The company had listed two developers outside China for now and Google was one of them with its doodling game — “Guess My Sketch”.

WeChat said its mini games platform grew to over 400 million monthly active users, but that was still less than half of how many monthly active users were on the app — 1.082 billion mostly from China, The Verge reported on Thursday.

With its gaming platform, WeChat promises new developers joining in from around the world profit shares.

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FILE – A WeChat logo is displayed on a mobile phone as a woman walks past, July 21, 2016. VOA

“There is a programme that developers can apply to, called ‘Creativity Incentives’ which parent company Tencent launched in December to encourage developers to experiment creatively with art, music, and storytelling,” the report said.

“The programme grants deserving developers an additional 20 per cent cut in revenue.”

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WeChat’s decision of introducing an in-app gaming tab comes after other social networking giants like Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube incorporated dedicated gaming-related spaces as part of their main apps.

WeChat’s attempts to expand abroad had faltered after it went international in 2012. The new announcement could help the app better establish itself in markets outside of China, the report added. (IANS)

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Facebook Rolls Out Gaming Tab As a Part of The App

In September last year, Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube placed its gaming hub right on the app home page

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FILE - The Facebook app icon is shown on an iPhone in New York. VOA

Social networking giant Facebook has begun the initial roll-out of a dedicated gaming tab as part of the app’s main navigation.

Facebook claims that over 700 million people play games, watch gaming videos or engage in gaming groups on the platform and the gaming tab will help them connect with each other, TechCrunch reported on Thursday.

“After clicking on the gaming tab, there will be a feed of content that points to instant games you can play with friends; videos to watch from top streamers, sports organisations and game publishers; and updates from your various gaming groups,” the report said.

The new “Facebook Gaming” tab is built on the company’s experimental gaming hub — Fb.gg — which was launched last year as a standalone mobile app.

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On Fb.gg, gamers were able to attract people with the aid of Facebook’s personalised recommendations based on users’ activity and then monetise those viewers through a virtual tipping mechanism.

“As a top-level navigation item, Facebook’s new gaming tab will now further extend the gaming hub’s reach,” the report added.

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Facebook is continuing its tests on mobile with a standalone (rebranded) Facebook Gaming app on Android. The company is rolling out the gaming tab and intends to expand it over time to more enthusiasts across the network.

In September last year, Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube placed its gaming hub right on the app home page. (IANS)

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