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Facebook enters into cloud gaming with free-to-play games

Facebook enters into cloud gaming with free-to-play games
Facebook has released several cloud-streamed games as the company enters into cloud gaming for the first time. Image courtesy of Gian Ehrenzeller/EPA

Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Facebook entered into the world of cloud gaming on Monday by launching several cloud-streamed games that can be played instantly with no downloading required.

The company said it is not starting a cloud gaming service like Google and Amazon and that these free-to-play titles can be accessed in the Facebook app or on a web browser through Facebook's Gaming tab or News Feed.

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No hardware or controllers are needed as the titles can be played on smartphones or by using a mouse and keyboard on a computer. The free-to-play cloud games are releasing in Beta for Android devices and web browsers.

Facebook said it will not be launching cloud-streamed games on iOS devices for now.

Asphalt 9: Legends, Mobile Legends: Adventure, PGA TOUR Golf Shootout, Solitaire: Arthur's Tale and WWE SuperCard make up the first lineup of free-to-play games. Dirt Bike Unchained will be arriving in the coming weeks.

Facebook is also launching a redesigned Gaming tab, cloud playable ads, and player names with gaming-themed avatars that players can use to represent themselves outside of their full name and profile picture.

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"More than 380 million people play games each month on Facebook, and people will play cloud-streamed games right alongside those playing instant games in HTML5. And if we do our jobs right, you won't notice how the games are delivered," Facebook said.

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