Users of the popular Zoom video conferencing platform will now be able to play social multiplayer games while chatting, as part of a new app extension for the service.
Why is this important: The popularity of Zoom and the games skyrocketed during the pandemic. As people isolate themselves less, Zoom must give users more reasons to use video chat.
Between the lines: Zoom’s early games include a poker game, a new riff on the popular social mystery game Werewolf, and a pair of versions from Playco, a company specializing in so-called “instant games” that allows users to play without playing. need additional downloads.
- One of Playco’s games, “Heads Up!”, Involves a player having to guess a word that is on the screen based on clues from teammates on Zoom. It is originally a game played on the Ellen DeGeneres talk show and has been popular on mobile.
- “Ask Away” is a question-and-answer game designed to unearth people’s personal fun facts. “It’s designed to play fast while waiting for others to join a business meeting, like an icebreaker with new faces, and even deepen relationships with lifelong best friends,” said the co- Playco founder Justin Waldron at Axios.
- Anyone in a Zoom meeting can start the games and invite other users to play, and there’s no maximum number of players, Waldron said.
The bottom line: One open question is whether people will initiate Zoom calls for the purpose of playing the games themselves, or whether they will primarily use them to improve the dynamics of Zoom call types – corporate meetings, family reunions sometimes. awkward videos-based ones – which millions of people have experienced in the past year.