- Seed University might actually be the first good influencer school Tuesday 9:35 PM
- Black couple says they were accused of stealing during marriage proposal Tuesday 6:57 PM
- How to live stream Robert Mueller’s testimony Tuesday 6:00 PM
- ‘MAGA Bomber’ believed that antifa was trying to murder Papa John’s employees Tuesday 5:23 PM
- Forever 21 under fire for sending Atkins diet bars with online orders Tuesday 4:56 PM
- Apple denies boosting its own apps in App Store Tuesday 4:25 PM
- The new Overwatch hero is a naked foot enthusiast, apparently Tuesday 4:19 PM
- Bella Thorne comes out as pansexual Tuesday 3:17 PM
- Macy’s pulls portion-control plates after social media uproar Tuesday 2:59 PM
- John Oliver confirms the internet’s suspicions about that ‘Lion King’ cast photo Tuesday 2:14 PM
- Report: Fake Libra accounts rampant on Facebook, Instagram Tuesday 2:10 PM
- Tennessee neighbors form human chain to help father and son escape ICE Tuesday 1:57 PM
- Google settled two multi-million dollar lawsuits this week Tuesday 1:26 PM
- How to live stream Guadalajara vs. Atletico Madrid Tuesday 12:47 PM
- Forget Area 51—People are planning to storm the Bermuda Triangle Tuesday 12:41 PM
Facebook Messenger has a secret game activated by the soccer emoji
Have a ball.
When you drop the soccer emoji into a conversation with a friend, you’ll activate the ability to play the hidden bit of entertainment. As soon as the emoji is sent, you can tap it to start the game.
While the most exciting part of soccer—as with any game—is a goal, there’s no net to fire upon in the Messenger game. Instead, it’s keepie-uppie (or KeepyUp as Facebook refers to it), a classic test of dribbling skill and footwork—or finger work, in this case. It’s one of the rare occasions where it’s okay to use your hands with a soccer ball.
Screenshot via Messenger
You’re challenged to keep the ball in the air as long as possible without letting it drop. The game encourages you along the way with by flashing emoji with each hit. Get past 10 dribbles in a row and the game starts throwing distractions at you.
Screenshot via Messenger
The game of keepie-uppie is the latest sports-themed game to sneak its way into Messenger; in March, the chat platform offered a simple basketball game that was activated with the basketball emoji to celebrate March Madness, the annual NCAA basketball tournament.
The soccer mini-game arrives in time for the 2016 UEFA European Championship, better known as Euro 2016, the quadrennial international soccer competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations. 2016 marks the first year the field will expand to 24 teams rather than the standard 16. Spain will be looking to complete a three-peat as it defends the title, which it won in 2008 and 2012.
If you can’t access the game immediately, make sure you update your Messenger app. The game is available in version 75.0 of Messenger for iOS and the most recent version of the app for Android, which will vary based on device.
AJ Dellinger is a seasoned technology writer whose work has appeared in Digital Trends, International Business Times, and Newsweek. In 2018, he joined Gizmodo as the nights and weekend editor.