Google+ To Feature Social Gaming

It seems Google has intentions to enter the social games market. Surprise!

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris


Google just kicked off the beta of Google+ to much hysteria and fanfare. But Reddit, StumbleUpon, Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter and Skype aren’t the only services Google is targeting with their new social networking application. Google also plans to bring social gaming into the mix.

Enter: Google+ Games

While Google has yet to officially announce Google+ Games, some keen-eye internet sleuthes at Engadget have noticed some telling lines of code in the Google+ source code that inadvertently removes the cat from the bag. The line of code reads: "have sent you Game invites and more from Google+ Games."

It doesn’t take a detective to piece two and two together there. But the thing is, Google hasn’t really been all that secretive about their interest in entering the games market. Hell, they posted a job advertisement looking for a Product Manager of Games a while back.

Here's what the job description had to say:
"Rare opportunity to grow a brand-new business – Games at Google! We are looking for a strategic, technical and game-loving Product Manager to drive Google's gaming strategy. You will design strategies for game distribution and discovery, player identity, game mechanics, and more. In addition to designing a great user experience and building out key partnerships, you will be significantly influencing Google's social platform as you work directly with a critical set of early adopters, game developers. Interesting and impactful decisions involving social gaming, privacy, virality, business, and technical APIs await you and the strong, passionate team of gamers you will work with."
Looking into my crystal ball, I see many farms that need tending in Google’s future.