Facebook’s gaming aspirations are deeper than its Gameroom app and quick rounds of basketball, soccer (football to the rest of the world) and chess in Messenger. Zuckerberg and Co. are shopping a development kit to, well, third-party developers to bring more distractions to Facebook Messenger. The “Instant Games” toolset will launch later this month, according to a report from The Information.
Aside from those details, all that’s known is the social network is pushing for more asynchronous games than stuff where you’d be playing in real-time with another player. Which makes sense considering Words With Friends or Catan lends itself much more to the mobile platform than a Facebook game like Racing Legacy probably would. Hopefully when this launches it fares better than Messenger’s chatbots have.