Facebook Gaming has introduced Tournaments, which are part of the Play Apart Together campaign.
Facebook Gaming Tournaments is now in early access for everyone on the platform to utilise. The feature is designed to bring people together virtually at a time where physical social interaction is highly limited.
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
Facebook have made this new feature simplistic for members to use. Tournament management features include registration, brackets and scoring systems. As it currently stands, tournaments support three different formats: round-robin, single eliminated and double elimination.
Social distancing is a part of everyone’s lives with the ongoing situation and social media platforms have been introducing new features to help combat the ongoing stress of separation. The #PlayApartTogether campaign is a partnership between The World Health Organization and the likes of Twitch, the Amazon App Store and Facebook Gaming.
Tournament organisers also have the option to utilise Facebook’s fundraising features to raise money alongside hosting the gaming events.
Streaming platforms such as Twitch, Mixer and YouTube Gaming are yet to introduce a feature like this. Twitch has the Twitch Rivals program, which sees events run by the platform itself, featuring streamers usually competing for sums of money, which they personally receive or can donate to charities of their choice.
Facebook Gaming has seen a large increase in numbers over recent months, with an 11% increase in the numbers of hours streamed in Q1 of 2020.
Find out more information about Facebook Gaming Tournaments via the site’s homepage.