Facebook Inc. FB 2.40% has become the latest tech heavyweight betting that the future of videogaming is in the cloud.
The social-media company is adding Netflix-like streaming of games to its Facebook Gaming platform at no cost to players, a move expanding its content library to include more-complex and multiplayer titles. Its free-to-play model is in contrast to the paid, subscription cloud-gaming services that rivals such as Alphabet Inc.’s GOOG 1.59% Google and Microsoft Corp. MSFT 0.62% have introduced.
Six games including auto-racing title “Asphalt 9: Legends” will be available for users to play in some parts of the U.S. on Facebook’s Android app and desktop website, the company said Monday. Facebook plans to add more cloud games and expand geographic access to them over time.
It seems like all tech companies and their grandma are dipping their toes in cloud gaming these days.
Also Jason Rubin has joined Facebook Cloud Gaming as VP.
He was co-founder of Naughty Dogs, and the president of THQ before they went down.