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
Google Play Games has received updates over the years since its launch, including a screen-recording feature, custom gamer IDs
, built-in games, and an arcade for game discovery.
Real-time and turn-based multiplayer services have been deprecated since September 16, 2019. Support for these API functions ended on March 31, 2020.
* Game Center
Category:Android (operating system) software
Category:Products introduced in 2013