Currently there are many different apps for making lives, which offer a variety of features. The best known is Twitch and, to compete with it, there is now Facebook Gaming, which is gaining a lot of traction.
Keep reading and discover everything about the Facebook lives platform, learning how to use it!
What Facebook Gaming?
Here, we will explain everything you need to know about this Facebook platform, a relatively recent addition.
Facebook Gaming is a tool created by Facebook for the live streaming of video games, e-sports and similar gaming championships. It arrived in Brazil in 2018 with the intention of being more attractive to streamers, competing with the most well-established and best-known live platforms, such as Twitch and YouTube Gaming.
It has a very simple functionality: a place where people who like to play video games can share their experiences live. If you want to check out a streamer on the platform, but you don't have an account, no problem, since you only have to access the site and that's it!
To make a stream also very easy: anyone can, just have a Facebook account, configure the streaming tool they will use and start.
It currently has a dedicated app, launched in January 2019 on Android. Through it, you can check the streams that other users make or make your own.
However, if you don't want (or don't have space to) download another app on your Android smartphone, you can also access the Gaming section directly from the Facebook app!
To access your computer via internet browsers, just follow the link to the correct section or, if you prefer, you can simply typefb.gg in your browser.
What games to watch?
There are many different games that you can check out via Facebook Gaming, which is really practical. In addition, it is also possible to follow specific games to see all the streamers in that category.
Just go to the official Gaming website to see the full list, which includes some of the biggest of the moment, such as PUBG, League of Legends and Free Fire.
What are the advantages of streaming Facebook Gaming?
One of the best things that who streams on this platform has the reach and the number of potential viewers. Marketing and promotion are much better too, as they are connected to one of the largest social media platforms today.
Right when you start a new stream, you can post it in your feed or in a group to have more people watching you. People in the groups will then be able to view your post while browsing your feeds.
As long as you can entertain your audience, it is relatively easy to gain a good following naturally. Since everything happens on Facebook, it's even easier for your fans to share the content of Gaming with their friends, giving you even more reach.
And the disadvantages?
Even with all the associated positives, especially the reach that comes with using Facebook to stream, there are several things that can make the platform less attractive to new users, whether streamers or viewers. They are:
- The Facebook algorithm will not warn your followers every time when starting the stream in Gaming, making it necessary to use a platform like Twitter for this;
- Facebook will always prioritize streamers that pay for space above those that don't;
- There are some privacy issues, since all logged-in viewers are using their real names (or Facebook accounts), making attacks easier;
- The interface can be quite boring to navigate;
In addition, there is all the difficulty of any new stream platform to compete with Twitch, since this is not only the oldest in the business, but also created a great sense of community with those who use it.
How to make money on Facebook Gaming?
After all, that's why you want to stream, right?
There are a few main ways you can earn money by streaming. The first of them is the Level Up program, through which channel followers can donate Facebook stars to whomever they prefer.
The program is limited to people who have a minimum of 100 followers, who have a minimum of 4 hours of stream divided into 2 days over a period of 14 days.
So to be able to receive the stars. Each star is worth 1 cent of a dollar, and in order to be paid you need to add 10,000 stars (or 100 dollars). The more you stream, the more your followers will earn stars, increasing the amount they earn proportionally.
The other way to earn money is by creating a profile on other platforms through which your followers can donate money, as this is not possible directly.
Did you like our explanation of what Facebook Gaming is and how it works?
Leave in the comments if you already knew the platform or if it was new to you. Don't forget to check out, too, how to live on YouTube and Facebook or live on YouTube and Instagram at the same time!
And remember, if you want to improve your streams even more highly recommended to use a program like Ciclano. It allows for collective streams almost anywhere, making the process of managing your live particularly easy. Check everything through our link!