Here’s How to Play the Secret Basketball Game in Facebook Messenger

March 18, 2016 Updated: March 18, 2016
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Possibly as a nod to March Madness, Facebook has given users a way to play basketball in Facebook Messenger.

One has to make sure the app is updated. Then, you have to send a basketball emoji to another user and then tap the ball to play the mini-game.

Here’s a video on how to play (beware: the video contains fairly obnoxious electronic music):

To play, you have to slide your finger/thumb to shoot and you score a point for each consecutive basket you make.

After you score 10, the target begins to move and after 20, it starts to move faster.

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It’s not the first time Facebook introduced games into Messenger. In February, a mini-game of chess was implemented.

As a number of writers have noted, the basketball game is pretty addictive and might destroy your productivity at work. It’s also fairly difficult after you hit 20.