'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.
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.

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