Angry Birds, Sonic coming to Facebook Messenger games

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The new games won't be launching until 2018 though.

On the one year anniversary of releasing the in app games system Instant Games Facebook has announced an all new Facebook Live system to allow live streaming through Messenger Instant Games onto your feed. This progress is exciting, but even more than that, we've been thrilled at the response over the previous year from both the people playing and the developers building.

Once you click a new camera icon on top of a Messenger game, you can livestream the game you're playing to your Facebook page or profile, with the option to turn on your screen's front camera.

A year of gaming on Facebook Messenger. Once selected, you can choose the audience you want to broadcast to and add a short description to say something about your video. Then you simply press "Start Live Video" and the stream will start.

Facebook also announced that it is rolling out support for livestreaming Facebook Messenger games, starting today. When it ends, friends and fans can watch the saved recording. Just like any post the video can be deleted at any time.

With the live streaming feature, Facebook is playing catch up rivals like Twitch, YouTube and Microsoft, all of which today offer their own tools and services for live streaming games.

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Disney Tsum Tsum, published by LINE and launching in 2018, will bring beloved Disney characters to Messenger as players collect, connect and pop Tsum Tsum based on the popular Disney Tsum Tsum plushes.

The idea with Instant Games is to boost people's time spent in Messenger by giving them something else to do besides just chat.

Facebook says it will soon start testing a feature that lets users video chat while gaming, as well.

We're also thrilled to welcome a handful of new games coming soon that all have one thing in common - they're some of the world's most popular game franchises of all time, reimagined for the Instant Games platform.

"We're so glad that people are embracing the unbelievable experiences game developers are building for Instant Games", Facebook said in its announcement. To the people who continue to enjoy, share, compete and challenge themselves and their friends to games on Messenger, thanks for playing and game on.