Google Play Games Cross-platform Multiplayer Comes To iOS.
Google has recently announced iOS support for its Play Games SDK during the 2014 Game Developers Conference on Monday. This new services will expand multiplayer support for Apple’s iOS, which will allow for both turn-based and real-time multiplayer titles to become compatible for both Android and iOS.
Along with these inclusion of competitive and co-op multiplayers, Play game will also be offering the use of cloud saves, synced up achievements, and leaderboards so game can compare their performances between friends and other players around the world.
Along with this Monday announcement, Play Games SDK will allow be allowing game gifts to be sent virtually towards other users. Developers who have access to enhanced statistics, while titles supported by ads will see the benefits of Google Analytics and in-app purchase ads.
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Google Play Games services debuted on iOS, Android and the Web during the previous year, as a response to Apple’s own Game Center released for iOS and OS X. With Google’s hook up of services, it will allow features such as Cross-device syncing of game save states, but Monday showed there latest addition are the first time the online giant has looked to expand to cross-platform multiplayer.
Google’s Announcement also comes as Microsoft has been recently rumored to be working doing something similar with its own Xbox Live Service and bringing it to both Apples iOS and Google’s Android.In addition to Apple’s Game Center, the space on iOS is also occupied by Origin from Electronic Arts, as well as Scoreoid.