Published on April 6th, 2017 | by Callib Carver0
Changes Coming To Google Play Games Services
Google announced this morning that they will be making changes to the Google Play Game Services, which developers use to create leaderboards, achievements, collect various bits of user data, and with it, Google hopes it help build better games. “After listening to developer feedback and examining usage, we have decided to remove some of the features so we can focus on making our offering more useful. ” wrote James Smith, Product Manager of Google Play on the Android Developer blog.
On the front end you may not see or even feel a change, but on the backend, they’ll be ending support for GPGS on iOS, which was announced back in December of 2016, and as of SDK 2.3 they will no longer support iOS intergration, nor will they support or update the iOS SKD.
They also noted there is a lower use of things like gifts, request, and quest guest and will be doing away with them. However, this won’t be cut & dry, as they’ll leave these services open for 12 months while the developers, essentially, code them out of their games and will deactivate them by 31st March 2018