Google Play Games is getting iOS multiplayer support

  • Tweet  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Facebook  
  • Google plus  
  • Send to Kindle
  • Send to  
Google Android logo

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google announced on Monday that it is bringing iOS multiplayer support to Google Play Games.

Google introduced multiplayer capabilities for Android developer  last year, and today announced that iOS will soon be supported. This is good news for developers whose games support both platforms, as the added functionality means that both turn-based and real-time multiplayer capabilities are now cross-platform on Android and iOS.

Google added that the Play Games Unity Plug-in will support these new cross-platform multiplayer services.

Greg Hartell of the Google Play Games team said in a blog post on Monday, "Further enhancing Google Play Game services, we're expanding multiplayer to support iOS, bringing turn-based and real-time multiplayer capabilities to both Android and iOS.

"To further help with cross platform game development, we're updating our Play Games Unity Plug-in to support cross-platform multiplayer services, and introducing an early Play Games C++ SDK to support achievements and leaderboards."

During today's announcement which comes ahead of next week's Games Developer Conference (GDC), Google also announced that a feature called "game gifts" will also soon be added to Google Play Games, allowing users to send in-app gifts to their friends. There will also be the option to invite people to play multiplayer matches directly.

Google also said that it will add enhanced Game Play statistics to the developer console. It said, "Developers will gain a daily dashboard that visualises player and engagement statistics for signed in users, including daily active users, retention analysis and achievement, and leaderboard performance."

Google Analytics is coming to the Admob interface too, which Google said should help developers make better use of in-app purchase ads.

Rounding off today's announcement, Google said that there are 18 new categories for games in the Google Play store. µ

  • Tweet  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Facebook  
  • Google plus  
  • Send to Kindle
  • Send to  
Visitor comments
Add comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
More on Developer
Peter Hopton Iceotope headshot

The best political party for UK tech startups: Tories, Labour or Lib Dems?

Iceotope founder rates the parties for privacy, connectivity and green pledges

fukushima-from-above

Fukushima nuclear plant ordered to upgrade from Windows XP

48,000 PCs running on out-of-date operating system

adobe-dam-asset-grid

Adobe Lightroom CC offers iPhone, iPad and Android photo editing

Introduces HDR Merge, Panorama Merge, face recognition and advanced video slideshows

Intel and The INQUIRER are hosting a live chat on the Internet of Things

Bluetooth Developer Studio will speed up integration in IoT devices

Software makes it quicker and easier to create Bluetooth-enabled products