'Games at Google' now hiring

Search-engine giant hiring product manager for "brand-new business" involving gaming; forging partnerships with developers, courting early adopters part of the gig.

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Google has been toying with a games presence for quite some time. Its Web browser, Google Chrome, got its own game store in May 2010, with the company investing $100-200 million into Farmville dev Zynga two months later. Just weeks later, rumors surfaced that the company was trying to bring social games to its own, as-yet-undefined, gaming service.

It appears Google will soon be getting into games.

Now, a job listing has surfaced, which indicates that Google is definitely planning to get into the games business. The posting, which is for a games product manager at the company's expansive Mountain View, CA headquarters, touts a "rare opportunity to grow a brand-new business--Games at Google!"

According to the description, the position will be a strategic one, with duties spanning both "designing a great user experience and building out key partnerships." This will include developing relationships with external developers, as well as working "directly" with early adopters of Google games, whatever form they might take. The listing also references a "team of gamers" that will help the company craft its gaming strategy.

The extent of Google's gaming strategy is unclear, as the company has not formally announced how it plans to tackle the entertainment platform. As of press time, Google had not responded to requests for comment about its gaming plans.

Discussion

123 comments
Masta_Rix
Masta_Rix

Well, meanwhile i'll be searching for that glovepie script for the neurosky mindset. Maybe I can make a difference myself instead of waiting ten years for these guys to.

brownj3199
brownj3199

Perhaps gaming is coming to Google+?

Kastigador
Kastigador

@Id13h4rdI I'm not sure casual gaming is a gateway drug as much as it's appealing to people that wouldn't otherwise play video games by dumbing down everything and using a MMORPG inspired reward system to get people totally hooked. I don't envision this audience as all being completely new to games and therefore easily impressed, as much as they appreciate how easily accessible the mechanics are. The negative side of this is they've laid bare just how cheap, boring, and repetitive games can be and still make money by using hooks and aggressive social marketing. On the positive side, it really is giving video game companies another market to make money. I mean did TV shows ever stop blockbuster movies from being made? The additional revenue streams simply increase the amount of cash that can be leveraged for bigger productions. It's also not like mainstream console gaming is not a fast growing market because it most definitely is.

Id13h4rdI
Id13h4rdI

@Masta_Rix Casual games are a gold mine. The 2nd most profitable gaming company in the world right now is the creator of Farmville. Casual gamers are killing what most consider real gaming. Is this a bad thing? No in my opinion. Casual gaming is the "gateway drug" into better video games.

Masta_Rix
Masta_Rix

I hate how were going from 3d + motion control + mind control + peripherals to a tiny touch screen as our future outlook on gaming. The kids are gonna be a bunch of slobs. Google for the kids sake at least add bluetooth connectivity so we can add the wiimote and mindset etc. hacks to your games. By the way that mario brother remix game with all the nintendo characters, very cool.

willxcool
willxcool

YES i agree but what can google do MAFIA WARS

senseless_dj
senseless_dj

Maybe they are making games for Google+...But it would be great if they make quality games for pc or console. Who know if the ever become Game publisher or console developer...o_0

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Please make real games, or just don't make games.

bluelf
bluelf

I expect google to be more in the vein of "Zynga" type games. I can't see them doing console or real pc games anytime soon. I could be wrong though. Another possibility to look out for from them is a greater emphasis on indie game development or the android community.

supermilanfan30
supermilanfan30

@areszues92 Wasn't Sony too late to challenge Nintendo/Sega? Wasn't Microsoft too late to challenge Sony/Nintendo?

areszues92
areszues92

Google's too late if they want to challenge MS or Sony

ggregd
ggregd

Google likes to push the envelope. They'll start with Farmville and turn it into something good. Zynga games make scads on money and they're addictive as hell. Imagine if they were actually GOOD.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@Solace427 I bet google would have a hell of a lot better quality control if they did really get into gaming then say EA to name but one I bet they wouldn't have bought Westwood and destroyed Cnc Ofc that's my opinion (about google not about CnC go play the last 2 games...)

42316
42316

Google could really own the whole cloud gaming thing, maybe that's what they are going for.....I'm not sold on it yet, BUT with google you never know

ztg360
ztg360

i'm slowly falling in love with google they are an awesome company and actually seem to know what they are doing and you can tell through their taking over of everything lol and they have an awesome sense of humor

Solace427
Solace427

@pszone If apple releases a console, I will be shocked. A handheld would make more sense given that Steve Job's and Apple claim that their iPods are giving Sony and Nintendo a run for their money. If apple has not joined the world of gaming to the extent of a console, I do not expect it at all. They have so many other areas going for them that type of an investment could hinder them. Google in gaming...I seriously have no clue what to say about this. I just hope they don't end up making the multiplatform edition of Farmville, Fishville, and every-thing-else-ville by backing Zynga. If they end up focusing on browser based games then I wouldn't care at all. in fact I really don't care now given how little Google has done so far in gaming.

dt2003
dt2003

hire me, i need a job

atopp399
atopp399

Considering Google makes it's money from ads my guess is they will focus on casual, browser based games that are ad supported in addition to mobile games that are also ad supported. High cost full blown console type games don't seem like Google's style.

pszone
pszone

Got feeling Apple might reasle there own consle just like xbox from micriosoft and i think know in 5 years time all sites will have gaming like farmville on fb and mini games on your phone on sites

Psycold
Psycold

am I the last human alive who does not like Farmville and other "browser-games" ?

TheUnkownJoker
TheUnkownJoker

@SmashBrawlerBoy Apple where never in the game business, look how successful they turned out to be. I think google are trying to do the same for their browser/new netbook to make them less boring. Also they may not have thier games for a price, i mean angry birds is free on the store and lots of other things.

Silent_Raven92
Silent_Raven92

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DarknessBlade3
DarknessBlade3

the games better be good if you have to pay, because there so many free ones....

jollybest1
jollybest1

make a cod killer named cog (call of google ) or nfg (need for google)....:)) =))

kickblocker
kickblocker

probably will be some casual stuff like on facebook

NightRain
NightRain

That's fine with me as long as they don't make stupid games like on facebook like Farmville and stuff like that.

drokmore
drokmore

Can't hurt to have more competition and the resources behind google, but they really sound like theyre getting into the casual market so Im really less interested.

dstv
dstv

That console is going to have one killer search engine...you'll never get lost in the menus again

DKant
DKant

HTML5 games? WebGL. Okay interesting technically, but I'm not really bothered otherwise, and I SERIOUSLY doubt Google will be bothered to deal with anything other than what I mentioned. (Unless - gasp - they are actually starting to look beyond the web for business opportunities)

flashn00b
flashn00b

I doubt i'll be buying my games from them, since most of my games are already on my Steam account.

Majkic666
Majkic666

@Units420 Skype has had a lot of problems lately, with not being able to log in to skype (seen in europe), And late onthey have had many problems with people not being able to connect to each other and having their status as offline... Youtube has become worse because many videos get muted and removed becuase of stupid reasons (Not gooles fault in my opinion) It is Warner Bros. who are forcing youtube to mute and remove videos with background music/radio etc. because of Copyright -.- In my opinion the only evil company is Warner Bros. for being so greedy

Units420
Units420

So I get a thumbs down, but no explanation as to why?? It figures when it comes to internet ranting. Too much to ask for logic and details to support an opinion

Units420
Units420

Can I ask: 1) Why is Google evil? and 2) How has Skype or YouTube gotten worse seeing as they work the exact same way they did before their associations with MS and Google respectively?

Raxyman
Raxyman

Please don't. Most of gaming companies are already all about money and nothing about the gamer. If google gets into this then we're officially screwed. Just like YouTube got worse ever since google, just like skype got worse since MS and things like that. I fear that if Google succeds then i'll be depending solely on Steam for gaming....

vader501st
vader501st

Google is dangerous and should not be trusted by the consumer base, a company should never "demand" something from its users, and I've seen they do that a couple of times. Hope they get their asses kicked by the rivals if they really get into gaming.

garcia_jx
garcia_jx

This might be something good folks, after all, they are all about innovation.

Majkic666
Majkic666

@Suikogaiden If Google is the devil, what is Warner Bros. then??

raty2000
raty2000

I love google for their search engine and android operating system and a lot of other things to but i must say i really don't know what to expect from this news, bad? good? guess i will have to wait and see.

999realthings
999realthings

Well since they're already getting into the whole game business, hopefully they make new interesting genre defying games. And not just more bloody farmville like games

Vland
Vland

maybe somewhere in Google labs, they make new kinect type controller that better than MS Kinect.

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

Finally ... Its about time Google got into gaming. Now what will that bring ??? Fully open source PC gaming ??? Hope so !!!

so_hai
so_hai

This sounds like that announcement that Google will 'soon be manufacturing personal computers'.

TripSolidBounty
TripSolidBounty

Google usually makes smart moves. I think this is one of them.

Agent-M
Agent-M

Hopefully they expand and do more than just browser games.