Now, Facebook has decided to remove Instant Games from its Facebook Messenger. The social giant announced that it's going to move Instant Games away from Messenger to create a more "central" gaming experience.
Instant Games appeared in 2016, and since then they have been successful with tens of millions of Messenger users spending time on them. And it's estimated that more than 20 billion "lots" have been played since the last 2 years.
Previously, Instant Games originally launched as playable games in the News Feed. And now, Facebook plans to migrate Instant Games into several stages.
For that reason, the Instant Games will no longer be directly playable in the new version of Messenger by later this summer, as official blog reported.
The Instant Games will be transferred to the main Facebook app on a separate tab for Gaming, and they will be completely removed from the new version of Facebook Messenger which will be released most probably in the coming weeks.
Leo Oleb, head of Facebook's Games Partnerships, said,
We’re implementing the application process as we transition Instant Games to Facebook in order to better support developer success, improve game discovery, game quality, and platform integrity.
To ensure a smooth transition, Messenger users will still have access through chat threads and chatbots, but the gameplay will be transferred to the main Facebook app.
We imagine that their total removal from Facebook Messenger for both platforms will take place before the end of the year, and it remains to be seen whether they will have the same success as being "hidden" within the main social networking application.
The company said,
Any developers new to the platform who have been awaiting a review of their games will need to first fill out the application before their games can be reviewed, and will receive instructions in their developer dashboard soon on how to do so.