March was a record-breaking month for live streaming platforms. Obviously, Twitch remains the undisputed leader in the sector with the best scores, however, Mixer, YouTube Gaming or Facebook Gaming, display very good results and take up more and more space.
In order to confirm its presence in the sector, Facebook is presenting a new feature specially designed for gamers. If Twitch becomes a platform with more diverse content, Facebook Gaming chooses to focus only on gaming. Starting today, you can take advantage of the new Tournaments feature.
📣Launch announcement… 📣🎮🧵
1 / Social distancing means we have to be apart, but games can still bring us together. So today we're opening early access to Facebook Gaming tournaments, a feature to help people stay connected through games. pic.twitter.com/rYOIXBcIHS
– Facebook Gaming #playaparttogether (@FacebookGaming) April 7, 2020
As its name suggests, this new option allows you to organize virtual tournaments. According to the Facebook press release, this feature allows you to organize all types of tournaments, from A to Z, be it registration, schedule management, as well as entering scores. As a result, streamers can more easily organize tournaments with friends or with viewers. In addition, the functionality includes new charity tools that allow streamers to raise funds for important causes, such as COVID-19 for example.
If the Tournaments option is not yet complete, Facebook is already starting to deploy it to encourage its users to stay confined. At the end of last year, the Facebook Gaming platform had a market share of 8.5%, this year its monthly audience increased by 210%.
The difference between Facebook Gaming Tournaments and Twitch Rivals is the target. Indeed Rivals is only for streamers and pro, by invitation, while Tournaments allows anyone to register for the tournament.