Facebook now lets users play augmented reality games in Messenger video chats

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This initial batch was cooked up in-house and according to TechCrunch the company isn't looking to let external developers publish AR games for video chat just quite yet.

The introduction of games into Messenger is another strategy by Facebook to increase user engagement on the platform. They are Asteroids Attack and Don't Smile. The new video chat AR games feature a multiplayer mode so that you can play with up to six people at a time.

Top of mind for potential bank partners and customers are Facebook's recent disclosures regarding its failure to protect user data as well as the use of the network by malicious actors looking to scam people and influence elections.

The games will be launching in the latest version of Messenger and once you're updated it's easy to load them.

Facebook has not been shy about copying features from other popular social platforms, none more than Snapchat, which has seen plenty of its features seen the light of day in the Facebook-owned Instagram.

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Asteroids Attack sees you control a spaceship with your nose and moving your head around the screen to avoid asteroids.

"The person or group you are video chatting with will get a notification indicating it's time to get your game on", said Facebook.

The extensive use of video chat feature on various messaging apps is encouraging the developers to add more exciting features to enhance user experience and get more users. Soon, Facebook also plans to launch "Beach Bump" for passing an AR ball back and forth, and a "Kitten Craze" cat matching game.

The messages contain a link which could steal a user's login credentials by taking them to another website which appears to be the Facebook login page, when in fact it is controlled by a fraudster.

People continue to discover video chat in Messenger, with over 17 billion video chats last year, twice as many as the year before.

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