|Initial release||July 24, 2013|
|Website||Google Play Games on the Play Store|
Google Play Games is an online gaming service and software development kit operated by Google, part of its Google Play product line, for the Android operating system. It features gamer profiles, cloud saves, social and public leaderboards, achievements, and real-time multiplayer gaming capabilities. The Play Games service allows developers to incorporate the above features into their games without having to develop those features from scratch themselves.
The Google Play Games service was introduced at the Google I/O 2013 Developer Conference, and the standalone Google Play Games mobile app was launched for Android on July 24, 2013. Andrew Webster of The Verge compared Google Play Games to Game Center, a similar gaming network for users of Apple Inc.'s own iOS operating system.
Real-time and turn-based multiplayer services have been deprecated since September 16, 2019. Support for these API functions will end on March 31, 2020.
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- "Ending support for multiplayer APIs in Play Games Services". Play Console Help. Google. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
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