Google Play game services announced

Google Play for Android and iOS devices goes live; service supports achievements, cloud saves, and real-time multiplayer.

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Google has announced the launch of Google Play game services, an initiative designed to serve as a gaming platform for Android, iOS, and other connected devices.

The service allows game developers to incorporate achievements, cloud saves, real-time multiplayer, and public leaderboards. Integration with Google+ grants the ability for users to track high scores of those in their circles.

Google Play has already been launched with several games for Android devices, including World of Goo, Beach Buggy Blitz, Kingdom Rush, Eternity Warriors 2, and Osmos.

The service is currently available via a source development kit for Android and a native iOS SDK for iPhone and iPad games.

In 2012, Google revealed that more than 300 million Android devices had been sold, with a 250 percent growth rate year-over-year.

Discussion

13 comments
Hurvl
Hurvl

"and real-time multiplayer." How does non-real-time multiplayer look like? Are there a number of turn-based games with multiplayer? I can't fathom quite how anyone wouldn't like real-time multiplayer.

franzito
franzito

Really? Oh... well... uh... duh!

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

This has been in the works for awhile now and I'm glad to hear it finally up running just in time for Ouya to come out next month and plug into it.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Where's Angry Birds? How could they launch without AB? Come on Google! If you expect casual gamers to take your service seriously you're going to need some crap titles. 

talkcasual
talkcasual

SDK  = software development kit, not source... :)

shingui5
shingui5

i wonder if this was meant to release, to coincide with the release of the Nvidia Shield? 

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@Redsyrup Lol. Too true.

But the fact that they have Eufloria and Osmos on board makes me pretty happy.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@ZexionLuv Yes, but you can only access them from an extremely high altitude, like while riding a plane.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@NAWAF005 Okay, I guess so. I'm not that knowledgeable about these casual mobile games, I only play PC games, but I have heard about Draw Something and read that there's been a sequel made. It's weird that you have to emphasize that MP is real-time, almost as if you have to say that a game is "offline singleplayer". Say that 5-10 years ago and people wouldn't know what the hell you're talking about ("Of course it's offline, it's singleplayer goddammit!" they'd say).