Facebook Launches Game Streaming Site fb.gg To Take On Twitch

Facebook wants to challenge Twitch with its newly-launched gaming creator pilot program called fb.gg.

Back in January, Facebook announced an exclusive game streaming deal with ESL, one of the world’s biggest esports leagues. Now they’ve taken another step further by launching its own platform for streaming games.

Dubbed fb.gg, it acts as a home page for all the game streaming content found on Facebook. It will basically show live streams of popular games like Fortnite and PUBG among others. Users can also upload pre-recorded gaming videos.

It will also be the place to be at for Facebook’s “gaming creators”. These are gamers paid for by the social media giant to stream exclusively on the platform.

Facebook aims the gaming hub to be the one-stop place for gaming fans. Users will be able to discover gaming videos related to their favourite games or watch live streams from esports competitions.

Fb.gg’s homepage shows users the most popular ongoing live streams. A tab called ‘Live Now’ below it suggests other live streams that are also attracting high user engagements.

The social media giant eventually plans to roll out a host of additional features for its gaming hub. This includes a feed where relevant content can be displayed, and an Instant Games tab for mobile version.

Do you think Facebook will be able to compete with Twitch? Lets us know!

 

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YouTube Mobile Makes Live Streaming Easy

Live Streaming Made Easy On YouTube Mobile

Live streaming will be easier on your gadgets. Google wants to make vlogging on YouTube Mobile as easy and accessible as possible.

Vlogging Made Easy

Google announced its plan to go live on YouTube from a desktop computer or a laptop as easy as a couple of clicks. Just click “Go Live” in the YouTube header to start. No need to install or set-up the live streaming encoder. Google will make it easier.

Where It Can Be Used

This new way to live streaming can be used on your desktop computer and your laptop. But good news to everybody, it can soon be used on your Android phones straight from its camera app. Yes, the stock camera app. There’s a catch, however. It will only be initially available only on devices from Google’s partners.

Google’s Partners

Google currently teamed up with Asus, Motorola, Samsung, Nokia, and LG. This is to bring easy YouTube live streaming to smartphones. But the list of partners is expected to grow in the coming months.

There are cases where direct YouTube functionality is not imbedded in every manufacturer’s stock camera app. If this is the case, the “Go live” is still available in the YouTube app.

Live Stream From Your Browser

YouTube has a way to lure people away from broadcasting like Twitch. And in an easier way at that. One can live stream directly from your web browser with virtually no effort. You will need to use Chrome for now, but other browsers are coming. You would prefer to go live on your phone.

It will be easier there in the future

App developers are always thinking of means and ways to improve existing apps. More so, they never stop to experiment and develop new apps. All these effort and hard work are for us, the users. They try to give us better, if not the best, apps that we can use.

The apps we are enjoying now are products of hard work. Intelligence, creativity, imagination , and the drive to come up with a good product is what these developers do. Life is easier and more fun now with the help of these apps and gadgets. That is, provided they are used properly.

16 Live streaming sites shut down by feds in NY

Super Bowl weekend is coming. The greatest show on earth pitting the New England Patriots against the New York Giants is only a few days away.

As we count the days that lead to the fateful event, federal authorities are tightening their grip on illegal sites streaming this spectacle. The latter announced last Thursday that they are cracking down websites that stream the event illegally after NE Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady told reporters that he watched last year’s match in an illegal website.

The Feds were able to bring down 16 sites and filed the necessary criminal charges against one man who hails from Michigan who owned nine of them.

According to US Attorney Preet Bharara, the NFL and broadcasters lose millions of dollars, thus forcing them to increase the prices of tickets and other customers due to piracy.

Tom Brady said, “Last year I was rehabbing my foot in Costa Rica, watching the game on an illegal Super Bowl website. And now I’m actually playing in the game. So, it’s pretty cool.”

Yonjo Quiroa was charged last Wednesday with copyright infringement. He is popular in the web due to his involvement in distributing football, basketball, hockey games and wrestling matches.

This comes as a big blow to individuals who have no means of watching the game live on television and only rely on these live streaming sites to watch the game.