Facebook Updates Wording on Game Requests and Refines the Games Dashboard

By Josh Constine Comment

Facebook has changed the wording of the buttons on game requests. The Games Dashboard also shows a dedicated feed called Game Stories for news feed stories about games. These changes will increase transparency and reduce friction for users installing and playing Facebook games

Game Stories and the new button wording come in the wake of Facebook reshaping its developer platform. Since then, news feed stories about in-game content are only shown to others that play that game, while non-gamers only see app discovery stories; game requests appear within the Games Dashboard.

The button to confirm a game invitation or in-game request used to read “Accept” but now reads “Accept and Play”. As clicking the button opens the game, this wording more accurately reflects what happens when users click and should reduce the chances of users unexpectedly starting a game.

Game Stories aggregates stories about games from a user’s news feed to a single, central location. This helps users to quickly find gifts and in-app requests from friends. Users can see stories about all games in one feed, or use tabs or a drop-down menu to view stories from one specific game.

At the Platform announcement event, CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that “one of the biggest drivers of negative experiences has been games. All these people who want to play games, and all these people who don’t want to play”. By making the Games Dashboard a way to handle all of a users’ gaming interactions, they don’t have to sort through irrelevant content to find what they need, and experimenting with playing games will be a less daunting experience.