Here's how you can play Facebook Messenger's hidden basketball game

Just in time for March Madness, Facebook has rolled out an update to Messenger that lets you play a basketball mini-game with your friend directly from the conversation window. To get started, you need to select the basketball emoji, send it to a friend, and then tap on the emoji to load the game.

You'll get a basketball located at different positions at the bottom of the screen, and you have to swipe up to put the ball in the hoop. The goal is to score consecutive baskets, which gets challenging after you hit 10 points, as that's when the backboard starts moving.

This isn't the first time Facebook built a game into the messaging platform. Late last year, it introduced a chess game that can be accessed by entering @FBChess in the conversation window.

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Thanks Christopher!

Harish Jonnalagadda

The clumsiest man in tech.

  • Wonderful! Very interesting. I did't find this game. I will play it with my friend tomorrow.
  • I can't find the game either... I updated messenger this morning
  • Oh wait ... I spoke too soon... It's working now! send your friend the basketball emoji then tap on the basketball emoji within the chat field... the game comes right up! ENJOY
  • I can not get game to play on my messenger even after updating