Aug 11 AT 4:04 PM Dustin Earley 20 Comments

Facebook, eat your heart out: Google+ Games rolling out now


Flash/HTML-based games and the online community experience that surrounds them can really define a social network. Take Twitter and Facebook for example. Without games, Facebook and Twitter are even more similar than they already are. With the addition of games, however, Facebook becomes a one-stop shop for entertainment. Clearly, Google is trying to take the + project closer to Facebook’s territory than Twitter’s. With today’s announcement on the Google Blog, they’re officially one step closer.

Rolling out now, users will soon be able to log into their Google+ account and play all sorts of games right from inside the service. And it sounds like they’ll be doing it right, too:

When you’re ready to play, the Games page is waiting–click the games button at the top of your stream. You can see the latest game updates from your circles, browse the invites you’ve received and check out games that people you know have played recently. The Games page is also where your game accomplishments will appear. So you can comfortably share your latest high score–your circles will only see the updates when they’re interested in playing games too.

If you’re not interested in games, it’s easy to ignore them. Your stream will remain focused on conversations with the people you care about.Vic GundotraGoogle

Right off the bat, Google+ Games will host a top-shelf list of all-star games. Not only will you find the gaming experience staple Angry Birds, but there’s Zynga Poker, Sudoku, Bejeweled Blitz, Dragon Age Legends and more. Google is also looking to rapidly expand their games selection by calling out to developers to jump on the bandwagon.

If you don’t see Google+ Games on your home screen yet, don’t worry. Vic says the rollout will be gradual, so it may take some time.

What do you guys think about Google+ Games? Will you be playing them? I admit I was nervous at first (I don’t want my timeline taken over by game updates), but it sounds like Google is taking the sharing aspect of it in the right direction.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • codesplice

    I’m pretty optimistic about the way they’re bringing Games to our beloved G+ platform. The bit about “If you’re not interested in games, it’s easy to ignore them. Your stream will remain focused on conversations with the people you care about.” is very encouraging.

    Looking forward to having access to some of this goodness!

  • talula

    didnt know android has games

    • keridel


      (you have to humour the people with IQ under 40 its polite)

    • AME

      Google+ isn’t an Android thing– It’s an internet thing.

  • AME

    One thing that always drives me nuts in FB is that the third-party apps are always spamming the news feed. I don’t participate in what makes FB so robust because of it! The way this is going to be organized is going to be awesome. I can do what I want without bugging my friends and vice versa.

  • Jess Blanchard

    Might as well bring games. I already got tagged in some stupid “Pretend zombies and annoy the people at the top of your friends list” crap on G+ today. Might as well go ahead and invite my grandmother, too.

    • Dustin Earley

      Welp, it was fun while it lasted.

    • Jedi_Master

      Aw did someone get their widdle feewings hurt…

  • kwills88

    I hated Facebook games due to the annoying invites people unintentionally send simply because they just played the game…so I hope with this g+ gaming feature it will be pleasant and not annoying

  • VakMoo

    This makes a whole lot of sense dude. Wow.


    I really dont know how to feel about this one

  • luiek20

    I’m dying for a Google+ plus invite! if anyone has one can you send me one to [email protected] please!

  • Schilder F.

    “your circles will only see the updates when they’re interested in playing games too”
    Thats the only fact I enjoy about Google + games. ;-)

  • shakim

    Wow! Google plus is cooler than iceman. It’s going to take over the world. Google is the best!

  • http://TAYLOR Manie Weidemann

    Really nice read! Would you mind if I link back to this article?

  • Lena Al Awami.

    NO, Comment