Google Play Games confirmed real, could debut at Google I/O

Daniel Bader

May 12, 2013 6:37pm


Google isn’t one to be outdone by Apple, and with the emergence of Android as a veritably competitive gaming platform, it comes as no surprise that the company is planning a Game Center competitor.

Play Games is real, and is expected to debut next week at Google I/O. The idea is fairly simple: a portal where you log in with your Google+ account where you’ll be able to see your friends (other Google+ users across Android) and match up with them for multiplayer games. Like Game Center, you can expect Leaderboards on a per-game basis, auto-match play for random games, and invites for your friends.

But perhaps the most intriguing part of the network is the potential for saved game synchronization between devices. Like Rovio’s promise for its own games, Play Games looks to synchronize progress in the cloud, so when you download a game on a tablet or new phone you won’t have to play the same levels over again.

Game developers will be able to create achievements, much like you find on the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live, for users to earn. It appears, based on Android Police’s extensive APK teardown, that not only will Play Games be integrated into Google Services, but it will have its own Play Games app.

It’s all very exciting, since this is a long time coming. Along with Hangouts, Google’s rumoured unified messaging service, and a new version of Android Jelly Bean, Google I/O may just live up to its lofty expectations.

Source: Android Police

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  • Ronell  I.T. Man

    Apple, BlackBerry, and now………Google

  • TomsDisqusted

    I’m not interested in another platform lock-in mechanism, like BBM or most Apple services. I should be able to communicate with, and play games against friends on most platforms.

    I’m not asking them to support everything – which would be unreasonable – but I’m hoping that Play Games works on iOS and the web, as well as Android. If it is just Android then forget it.

    • Grant Jeffrey

      No, this is just like Xbox live or PlayStation network. Games can have cross-platform multiplayer, look at draw something, bike race, words with friends, etc. What it sounds like you’re saying is that everything should work the exact same on everything. It’s not locking you into android, it’s just giving us an enhanced gaming experience. Btw, Apple already has gamecenter so they’re not going to allow any Google alternatives (nor should they).

  • qu3becker

    If it brings more game to the android platform, why not?
    I see it like XBox Live and PSN.

  • Go Leafs

    Stupid name… “Google play game”?!

    I hope not… what kind of game, trying to trick us, mind game? Whoever named their app market should be the dumbest of dumb..

  • hurric

    I was never one to play games on almost any platform but I think it’s good to have the option for those who play. why not..the cloud saving of game data is a must these days as well

  • Wes

    Syncing between my tablet and phone is what interests me the most