Facebook Gaming launched a feature today that is intended to unite people virtually while they cannot be in the same place physically. This is called Tournament, and it does exactly what it says on the tin.
Tournaments will allow users to create and manage virtual tournaments in a variety of formats, from double elimination to round-robin, and are apparently intended to reduce some of the pressure of social distance. (Interestingly, the tournament was originally designed for live gaming events.)
This product is intended for every type of match, from casual sports games to high levels. It was also built directly into the Facebook Gaming platform itself, which means that the creator can hold a fan tournament and stream it as well. They can even use Facebook’s fundraising tools to donate money collected directly to aid organizations.
The tournament debuted in early access. Twitch and other large streaming platforms don’t have anything enough like this is built into their platform – with the exception Rival twitch, even though it’s directed to streamers and pros because it’s only for invitations – and it remains to be seen whether they will develop similar features for their large and currently confined user base. I will not be surprised to see a similar announcement soon.
Even so, like other live streaming platforms that compete with it, Facebook Gaming has had a pretty good year so far. According to data from Streamlabs, live streaming software and analytic providers, this platform has experienced huge growth year after year: the hours tripled, and the hours flowed twice, a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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