By Helen Walker
Instant messaging app Telegram has launched a bot-powered Gaming Platform that will allow its users to play games. “You can now use bots to play games in your chats, complete with graphics and sound,” the company wrote on its blog.
At the moment, about 30 games are already available on Telegram, with “hundreds of games headed your way”. Most of the games available now have been published by @gamee. So in order to start a game, a user must type @gamee or @gamebot in a chat and choose the game. “Telegram games can be anything from simple arcades and puzzles to multiplayer 3D-shooters and real-time strategy games. The underlying technology is HTML5, so games are loaded on-demand as needed, just like ordinary webpages. Games will work on iPhones 4 and newer and on Android 4.4 devices and newer. Note that your friends will need Telegram 3.13 or higher to play,” says the company. The Gaming Platform requires 0 bytes of disk space and will not add any bytes to the size of the app.
You can play a single game or you can challenge your friends. If you spot a great game on Telegram, you can challenge your friends from other chats by sharing the game with them. The app keeps high scores for all games played in all chats and send notifications when there is a new leader in the game to keep up the competition.
The Telegram’s Gaming Platform is now available on both Android and iOS with the latest app’s update.