Facebook App Center Gets New Game Categories

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Facebook's App Center launched in May of last year, and has already proven successful in driving more installs than the old games dashboard. Now the social network is adding more discovery options so even more developers have a better chance of being spotted by players.

Facebook announced that it was adding new and updated game categories to App Center to "make it easier for people to browse and find games." So what kind of changes can developers expect? One example given is that "Action & Arcade" will now be split into two separate categories to better help players find exactly what they're looking for. Facebook will also be putting more of an emphasis on games by placing the games category at the top of the category list with all subcategories beneath it.

The other change this week is the removal of two temporary fields created after the Global Pages update in December. The fields - global_brand_like_count and global_brand_talking_about_count - allowed Page administrators to "access country-level insights about their Pages" after moving to the new Global Pages structure. The temporary fields were only meant to be around until January 19, and as expected, the two fields are now gone.

As a friendly reminder, developers only have a few more weeks to address the Breaking Changes going live on February 6. Check here for more information.

On a final note, the weekly bug report says that 261 bugs were reported, 82 were assigned for further review and 186 were resolved. You can check out the full list at the blog post.