Mark Zuckerberg announced in a Facebook post on Monday that Facebook will extend its 0% revenue share cut for streamers, and other service users, through 2023. So if you are streaming games on Facebook, through 2023 Facebook will not take any portion of your revenue. It is worth noting that other services like Apple and Google could still be able to take portions of the revenue for viewers using the Facebook mobile app.
"To help more creators make a living on our platforms, we're going to keep paid online events, fan subscriptions, badges, and our upcoming independent news products free for creators until 2023," Zuckerberg explained in the post. "And when we introduce a revenue share, it will be less than the 30% that Apple and others take."
Also on Monday, Twitch announced that they will be phasing out the ability to log into Twitch using your Facebook account. It hasn't been possible to sign up for a new Twitch account via Facebook since March 3rd, 2020, but on September 30th, 2021, Facebook Login's will be removed entirely from the platform. It is unclear if Facebook's revenue share announcement prompted Twitch's announcement on Monday, or if it was just a coincidence.
Facebook Gaming has struggled to build out its gaming platform to compete with Twitch and YouTube Gaming. This is partly because Facebook Gaming was late to the game and because it just lacks many of the quality of life features that viewers have become accustomed to on other platforms.
That said, there is still a thriving community of Facebook streamers, in part because of all the Mixer streamers who were welcomed over after Microsoft shut down Mixer last year. With today's announcement, we may see a new surge of Facebook Gaming creators soon.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.