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Google Announces Online Events and new Profiles for Play Games

June 25, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Last year, at Google I/O Google Play Games were announced. It has come a long way in just a year (in fact it launched without an app even), but today Google announced even more new features to Google Play Games. This includes Online events and new profiles. One of the other new features is Quests. Which is a set of APIs that developers can use and develop time-based events inside the games without needing to push out a new update to their game. Very cool. Additionally, we have the new Google Play Games profiles, which change based on achievements. This will give gamers an unique identity on Google Play Games. So now not everyone will have the same look and feel in their Google Play Games profile.

These new features will be available in the latest Google Play Services update which will be rolling out in the next few weeks. Google Play Services updates about every 6 weeks and it’s almost time for a new one. Additionally, Google informed us that Google Play has paid out over $5 billion in cash to developers since last year’s Google I/O at Moscone Center. That’s nearly a 2.5x jump year over year. It seems Developers are really raking in the cash. Not bad, right?

Google Play Games was one of the more interesting features that were announced at Google I/O last year. Alongside Google Play Music All Access, Google Play had some big announcements. This year not so much. Basically just the changes to Google Play Games and the fact you can use carrier billing on your tablet now. Which is a pretty cool feature, for those that actually use that. How many of you are interested in seeing what this new update will do for Google Play Games? Let us know in the comments down below.