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Last Updated: February 25th, 2014

Those of you who like your games served fresh while you peruse the day's social updates might want to sit down. Google+ Games will shut down on June 30, taking users' game data with it. But social gamers aren't aren't entirely without hope. Some developers will designate new destination sites for their games, and a few games already have alternative links set up.

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In-game payments inside any of the games that are set to disappear will have to be used up before June 30 arrives. There will be no refunds. Sucks, but that's the way the cookie crumbles. Anyone who wants to chew out a particular developer can pick out their name from the list below:

Why is Google shutting down its first attempt at social gaming? To make room for its second attempt, of course. The company unveiled Google Play Games during today's keynote, showing off its new platform with support for achievements, leaderboards, cloud data sync, and real-time multiplayer. The new service lets users compare their top scores with their private circles, or if they want to be humbled, the entire social network. It doesn't directly replicate Google+ Games, but we don't want to see Google repeat the redundancy issue that has cropped up among its communication services, do we?

Thanks, Tyler Malovetz.

Source: Google+ Help

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • ScottColbert

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    Stay classy san diego ;)

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  • IncCo

    I think we'll survive somehow..

  • Thomas Wong

    so this is what Punit Soni meant when he said last year, "By next year, we will not be here talking about Google+ Games"?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Didn't he finish that with "We will be talking about Google Games"?

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    Pointless Story on AndroidPolice.

    I kid, I kid.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    They could have just, you know, integrated things. After all, isn't Play Games cross-platform (and working on the web)? These games need a home, why not G+? I don't know, I'm kind of now following the logic here...

    • Alex Murphy

      The home should be Chrome itself, not G+. Especially on Chrome OS it makes no sense to have to go to a specific website to play Google Games when you can launch new "packaged" games (some of which will run mostly offline). Google+ is the social layer across their services - Google, unlike Facebook, doesn't really need to make the social network itself super "sticky" and keep them there, so it makes sense to operate games at the browser/OS level, just like Android and iOS.

      • Aline Schvartz

        Hmmm. You've got a very compelling point.

      • mldi

        See, I realize that they don't NEED to reside on G+ in order to integrate with G+ any more, but it'd be nice if all the games that integrated with G+ at least got some kind of listing in G+. I don't really see people finding these games easily, otherwise.

  • Nicholas Loomans

    I just sunk money into Triple Town, I hope this migrates. And here I was looking forward to being able to buy their Android app and have it sync with G+ games :/

  • Nicholas Loomans

    Why? G+ games were very unintrusive if you didn't care for them.

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    public service advertisement :) I kid

    • FrillArtist

      Yes, say it again. It's not like he didn't see the previous 5 or 6 comments!

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  • http://twitter.com/RvLeshrac RvLeshrac

    Great ways to get people to spend loads of money on your service: Shut down your old service, fucking them out of all the money they've spent there.

  • ChristianAhlin

    Sorry I'm late to the game...
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