When chatting is simply not enough at times, one needs distractions to kill boredom while having a conversation and for that Facebook Messenger will play a role to get less boring from now on. Facebook is introducing its first game called ‘Doodle Draw’ on Messenger, yes you can play it while chatting, sounds fun right? You can find the game in Messenger’s overflow menu, alongside several utility apps. Of course, you’ll need to download it from the App Store or Google Play before you can have a turn.
It will be the first game to be launched for Messenger after Facebook opened up the chat service’s API in March. Facebook was initially interested only in content creation tools like GIF and meme generators, but it seems like it’s now open to other sorts of apps too. Rival mobile messaging apps like WeChat, Line and Viber have hosted games on their services for a while now. They offer another revenue stream and keep users engaged even when they don’t really want to ‘chat’.
Games could certainly make Messenger more fun to use, but if it means more annoying invitations and notifications, I’m dropping off Facebook’s radar.