Facebook adds augmented reality games to Messenger

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 10, 2018

Facebook said it's looking to get more banks and financial companies to offer services on its Messenger app, say by allowing a customer to message with his or her bank as an alternative to phone services, but it's not actively asking for data related to financial transactions. Facebook notes on its blog that up to six people can play these multiplayer video chat AR games simultaneously.

Facebook has been building in more and more entertainment options into Messenger recently, they brought live streaming and games to the chat app in December previous year and this move adds a new layer to the mix.

It remains to be seen what sort of a deal gets worked out between US banks and Facebook in the long run. Facebook is trying to incentivize users to utilize their Video messenger by adding games and making it more interactive to video call someone.

Facebook is known for copying Snapchat's features for its social media platforms.

Only two games are available at launch, but Facebook already has plans for future titles like Beach Bump and Kitten Kraze, and is hoping other developers will take advantage of the chance to show off using the technology.

"Asteroids Attack" will place a spaceship on the user's nose and will force them to move around in an effort to dodge falling space rocks.

Facebook said some users opted in to accessing some financial information in its Messenger app.

That chatbot integration, which has no humans on either end of the line to limit privacy risks, was announced past year and launched this March. Then simply tap the start button and select one of the AR games.

But before seeking to establish partnerships with banks through its Messenger app, Facebook should strive harder to win back the trust of its users, who have become wary of tech tools that have access to their personal data.

Facebook has had its fair share of scandals in recent months due to its privacy policy, and the latest has upped the ante.

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