Snapchat is launching a new Snap Games gaming service. Snapchat has announced it is launching its own gaming service, Snap Games, allowing users to play games in real time with their friends. The announcement came at the LA Partner Summit, where it revealed that it would release a series of exclusive games to the platform, including one called the Bitmoji Party.
Within the chat feature of Snapchat, which now features a rocket button, you will be able to access the games – once you tap this, you will be able to start a game and play with your friends.
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Snapchat has “drawn inspiration from Nintendo’s Mario Party” for Bitmoji Party, according to Engadget, in which you are using your 3D Bitmoji avatar to “play a series of mini games with up to eight friends at a time.”
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You will also be able to chat simultaneously with your friends, “either by voice or text.” Although Snapchat himself developed Bitmoji Party, Engadget reports that “Snap teamed up with a few developers to kick off their Games service,” including “Spry Fox, ZeptoLab, Game Closure, PikPok, and Zynga.”
Another game launched on the new service is a royal battle game in the Fortnite style called Tiny Royale, featuring top-down gameplay as you “loot and shoot” around you.
What’s the catch?
While all the new games will be free to play, you will need to watch six-second ads throughout your gaming sessions, which could be quite annoying if the gameplay is interrupted.
Snapchat has not made any mention of in-app purchases, but as a way for third-party developers to monetize their creations, it could be possible in the future.
The launch of Snap Games is not entirely a surprise; Snapchat’s parent company Snap acquired a small Australian gaming studio last year and was rumored to have made other similar acquisitions up to the announcement in the run.
In the past, Snapchat has also delved into the gaming world, with little augmented reality games called Snappables appearing in early 2018 within the app.