The team at Streamlabs has been hard at work building and improving upon the user experience for our Facebook streamers. Facebook Gaming plays a significant role in the streaming ecosystem. Last quarter the platform exceeded 1 billion hours watched in one quarter for the first time.
Their role in the industry continues to strengthen as chatting streams become more popular. In fact, the “Just Chatting” category was the second most-watched category across all platforms last quarter. Facebook Gaming recognizes this and even recently introduced a new category called “Hanging Out”, which is a new category with a focus on conversation over gameplay. Our latest integration will make the go-live experience better for everyone, but streamers focused on chatting will find it especially useful.
Previously, the experience on Streamlabs OBS for Facebook Gaming has been focused exclusively on gaming. When you go live, we asked you to pick a game and you had to choose a specific page to go live to. If you didn’t have a gaming page, you were asked to create one. We’ve listened to the feedback from our streamers, and our new integration will expand our user experience so that a broader community of Facebook users can feel like they can live stream too.
- Users can now go live to their timelines, the groups they are a part of or pages they manage. Previously we only supported pages.
- You can now schedule events directly within Streamlabs OBS. We provide a dropdown to select the page, group, or timeline, and then you can schedule the event. A new post will automatically be sent to your page to let your viewers know a scheduled event is taking place.
- Users are no longer required to select a game when going live. This update is important for us because requiring users to pick a game made our streamers that focused more on conversation feel they weren’t receiving the greatest user experience.
We hope our Facebook Gaming streamers enjoy this new integration and that you find going live an overall better experience.
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