This hub gives Facebook Live streamers 8211; who primarily stream gameplay 8211; a landing page to find streams and start a live stream. It also gives Facebook a chance to compete with YouTube Gaming and Amazon8217;s Twitch. Right now, Fb.gg seems to be showcasing many streams of the massively popular battle royale game Fortnite 8211; about 4,000 people are actively streaming Fortnite for an audience of around 230,000.
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To make it easier for you to find and follow gaming content, Facebook is testing a new gaming video hub on Facebook. It8217;s nested under the main website, and accessible at the short URL FB.gg. This page aggregates live and prerecorded gaming video on Facebook. Keep in mind Facebook offers the ability to live stream via its Facebook Live tool, and this hub is an extension of that, but with a focus on game streams.
Facebook said the hub is in an 8220;experimental phase8221; and that it will continue to test new experiences, including: a feed where fans can explore relevant gaming content; improvements to recommendations; expanded gaming video inventory in more languages; and integration of an Instant Games tab on the mobile version of the gaming hub so people can toggle between watching and playing games.
8220;People will be able to discover gaming video on our new destination based on creators and games they follow, Pages they like and Groups they belong to. We’ll also feature creators, esports competitions and content from gaming industry events on FB.gg.8221;
On the left side of the hub, there is a persistent navigation bar, with links to the following sections: Home, Browse all Games, Live Esports Leagues, Your Games (if you8217;ve added games), and Following (if you8217;ve followed streamers). Here8217;s how those sections work.
This is the home page of the hub. On it, there is a featured live stream at the top, followed by a category for curated live streams and another category that lets you find streams by games, like Fortnite. And below those there is a category for suggested streamers, who you can then individually follow. Other categories include who you8217;ve followed, recent live streams, streams watched by your friends, etc.
Browse all Games
To follow streams from a particular streamer, go to the Suggested Streamers category from Home, then find a streamer you like, and click follow. This will add link under a Following section on the left of the hub, which you can go to browse all the available streams from that person.
To follow streams for a game, go to the Streams by Games category from Home, then find a game you like, and click the Add to Games button. This will add link under a Your Games section on the left of the hub. Click the link to browse all the available streams for that game.
- Tap the Go Live button in the hub8217;s navigation bar.
- Choose where you want to post your broadcast.
- Preview your broadcast with a stream key or paired encoder.
- Enter the information presented into your software8217;s settings.
- On the right, under Post, choose who you want to share with on Facebook.
- Next, say something about the live video and add a title and tags.
- Flip to Settings, and specify if it8217;s a live video, 360 video, or game stream.
- Select Go Live in the bottom right corner.