Facebook has officially launched the open beta of Gameroom, a desktop gaming client that is drawing comparisons to Steam.
Earlier today, Facebook’s director of global games partnerships, Leo Olebe, took to the stage at the Unite 2016 keynote in Los Angeles to unveil the platform, which has been renamed from Facebook Games Arcade after leaving a closed beta period that began in August.
The standalone desktop app, which is available to download now for Windows 7 and up, allows users to play browser games, ported mobile titles and games developed exclusively for the platform. It currently boasts a line-up of over 30 Windows-native titles.
During his presentation, Olebe described Gameroom as “a better place to play”, adding:
“Gameroom allows players to easily discover, share and play the games they love. This is a place where games and gamers across all genres are celebrated. We’ve built an immersive experience dedicated to gaming, thus allowing developers… to tap in to the massive audience on Facebook.”
As part of Facebook’s partnership with Unity, developers will be able to directly export their games directly to the platform from version 5.6 of the engine, which launches next year.
You can watch Facebook’s full presentation below (starts at 14 minutes in):