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Chat app Telegram is now a gaming platform too

You can challenge your friends with bot-powered games.
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If a company has a messaging app, there's a good chance that chat bots are headed its way. Case in point, today secure-chat service Telegram announced a bot-powered gaming platform. While the app has had text-based games for a while, today's announcement means those distractions will now have HTML 5 graphics and sound.

To start in on the fun, users can just type "@gamebot" in a group chat to see the list of about 30 available games. Telegram says that hundreds more are coming to the platform and that they will be able to keep track of high scores both within a group and globally.

Plus when someone in a group takes the lead in a game, the rest of the participants are alerted so they can jump back into the chat and try to overtake them.

Updates are currently available for iOS and Android users and because the games are basically tiny web pages, they won't add to the size of the actual app.

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