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Google Play game services features

With Google Play game services, you can add engaging social and multiplayer features to your games.

Select a feature below to learn the basics and find documentation on implementing Google Play game services.

Get started

Integrate the Google Play game services SDK

To learn how to integrate the Google Play game services SDK, visit the Google Developers site and select a platform to find instructions and samples for getting started.

Create a game listing

To use Google Play game services, you need to create a game listing on your Play Console. Your game listing is separate from your app’s Store Listing page on your Play Console.

Here’s how you can add a new game listing:

  1. Sign in to your Play Console.
  2. Click Game services Games services.
  3. Near the top right, click Add new game.

Features

Achievements

With achievements, you can help retain players by adding rewards for accomplishing set goals in your game. Players can earn experience points (XP) for accomplishing achievements in your game.

Visit the Google Developers site to learn how to create and manage achievements on your Play Console.

Note: Once you publish an achievement, it can’t be deleted.

Events & quests

With events and quests, you can help retain players by creating challenges for players to complete and rewarding them for their progress.

You can choose the event data that you want your game to collect. You can use this data to create time-bound challenges (quests) in your game.

Visit the Google Developers site to learn how to integrate events and quests in your games.

Note: Once you publish a quest, it can’t be closed.

Leaderboards

With leaderboards, you can give your game’s players a place to compare their scores with friends and compete with top players.

Visit the Google Developers site to learn how to create and manage leaderboards using your Play Console.

Note: Leaderboard scores can’t be reset, but you can delete or hide a leaderboard at any time.

To hide suspicious scores on existing leaderboards, you can turn on leaderboard tamper protection on your game’s Leaderboards page on your Play Console. Leaderboard tamper protection does not work for leaderboards shared across iOS and/or Web implementations. If you share leaderboards across iOS/Web/Android, the Management API remains the best way to clean up your scores.

Saved games

With saved games, you can give your game’s players an easy way to save their progress. Your players’ progress and metadata is synced across multiple devices that use Google Play game services.

Visit the Google Developers site to learn how to implement saved games.

Google Play Game Services Publishing API

To automate app configuration and integrate releases into existing automated tools and processes, you can use the Google Play Game Services Publishing API. Here's how to turn on access to the Google Play Game Services Publishing API using your Play Console.

  1. Sign in to your Play Console.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. On the left menu, click API access.
  4. If you haven't already, create a linked project.
  5. Next to "Games configuration API", click the On button.

Manage multiple users

If you have multiple users managing games on your developer account, you'll need to configure the users' permissions from the Play Console User accounts & rights settings page.

Manage user accounts

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