AdSense for games (AFG)

AdSense for games overview

AdSense for games allows you to earn money from your web-based games. AdSense for games uses Google’s Interactive Media Ads (IMA) SDK, the technology used to request ads from within your Flash-based game launcher. The Google IMA SDK is an extension for Adobe ActionScript 3 that allows developers to make ad requests to the AdSense network, interpret ad responses and render ads. Many of the leading gaming publishers use Google’s IMA SDK to request and display in-game ads.

Requirements
Ad formats
Integration options
Additional resources

Requirements

If you want to integrate AdSense for games into your Flash-based games, you’ll need to make sure that you adhere to the following prerequisites:

  • Ensure you're compliant with the AdSense program policies, including these specific games policies.
  • Utilize a game launcher capable of Google IMA3 SDK integration and/or compliancy with VAST 2.0 / VPAID 1.0.
  • Utilize a Flash-based AS3 game launcher: AdSense for games is only available for Flash-based game content.
  • Have a high volume of games content, i.e., greater than 70% games content with over 2 million games impressions monthly.

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Ad formats

The Google IMA SDK supports the following ad types:

  • Video: A video ad that appears while the game loads, between game levels or at the end of the game (i.e., pre-roll, mid-roll, post-roll).
    • Standard: Non-skippable video ads that can serve in pre-roll, mid-roll and post-roll slots.
    • TrueView: Skippable video ads that allow users to skip the ad after approximately five seconds. TrueView ads can only serve in the pre-roll position.
      TrueView skippable video ads are only available to AdSense for games publishers who meet additional policies. For more information, see the video-specific guidelines for AdSense.
    Example video ad
    Figure 1: Example of a video ad

     

    Example TrueView video ad
    Figure 2: Example of a TrueView video ad

     

  • Full-slot: A text, image, or rich media ad that usually appears while the game loads, between game levels or at the end of the game. Full-slot ads includes a countdown timer, visible ad text, and close button. The full-slot ad also automatically closes after displaying for 15 seconds.

     

    Example full-slot ad
    Figure 3: Example of a full-slot ad

     

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Integration options

You can choose the AdSense for games integration option that best suits your business model:

  • Direct integration (if you own the game source code)

    To directly integrate with AdSense for games, you need to integrate Google’s IMA SDK (ActionScript 3) into your Flash-based game launcher.

    Your game launcher will need to be compatible with this technology, and you’ll need to be able to execute the code integration independently. The setup process page will help guide you through the required steps.

    For additional details about the IMA SDK, check out the IMA SDK developer site for API references, and advice on how to troubleshoot technical issues.

  • Preloader integration (if you do not own the game source code)

    If you don’t own the source code of the game on your site and are unable to change it, you can still monetize the game through AdSense for games using our preloader solution.

    A preloader is a SWF object that you can display on top of the game frame area, which implements the request and rendering of AdSense for games ads. You’ll need to remove the preloader object after the ad has been displayed, so your users can see and start playing the game. Google engineers have developed a sample IMA SDK integration that you can use as a starting point to develop your own preloader solution: preloader download page.

  • Partner platform integration (if you don’t own the game source code)

    You can start earning money with AdSense for games even without writing any code. Below is a list of video partner platforms that integrate our product.

    Feel free to contact them on how to get started with AdSense for games by using their ad serving technology. They often provide the easiest way to integrate and manage your ads.

    Please note that you’ll need to utilize your AdSense for games property code in the partner platform’s console (i.e., ca-games-pub-####).

    AdapTV Brightcove DigitalSmiths
    Flowplayer FreeWheel LiveRail
    LongTail / JW Player Ooyala ThePlatform
    Tremor Media / Acudeo Vzaar  

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Additional resources

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