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Update: We have the official Google Play Games APK here - just pick a mirror:

Google's brand-new Android gaming hub has its own app, and you can get it in the Play Store right now, just see the widget below and start downloading! Check out the announcement post to learn more.

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Basically, Google Play Games will serve as a hub for your gaming achievements, friends you play with, and the games you play. It will also serve as an extension to the Play Store as a way to discover new games, which is something I think we've all wanted for a while. You can also join multiplayer games directly from the app, which is convenient.

There don't seem to be many new features specific to the Play Games app itself, but now at least you know where to find all of your Android gaming stuff.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Gustavo Parrado

    What's the damn deal with US only? it doesn't make any sense for this app!!

    • ercl

      I don't think it is. Installed in Brazil.

      • Gustavo Parrado

        no such luck in Colombia

      • bse88

        Installed in Argentina.

    • idid

      Just downloaded it i my shithole called Poland so yeah.

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        Also available in Germany.

    • Angelo Allegra

      Installed on both Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Tab 2 7.0" in Italy.
      Just retry if it denies you.

    • Firmino

      Also available in Brazil.

  • catiremedina

    Anyone care to share the apk? Showing as not available in my country.

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

      Shared.

  • Mehmet Fatih

    Why cant i install it in Europe? This makes no sense

    • Brainimpact

      got it in UK

    • IncCo

      Works in Sweden. Turkey isn't Europe, maybe thats why ?

      • Mehmet Fatih

        its in europe according to Google.

        • Vardan Nazaretyan

          It isn't in Europe, neither geographically, nor politically. (Not yet).

          • Mehmet Fatih

            yeah,but its not in Middle east either. thats why its called euroasia. Since there is no continent called Euroasia, i can call it in Europe i think. Also Turkey is in Europe according to most website/technology corporations.

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            I didn't say it's in middle east, I'm not that stupid. It's on the little Asian half-island(I hope, it's called so also in English, English is my fourth language, so I don't know alltrends right, sorry). Turkey has borders with my home country, Armenia, and both countries are located in Asia, and not in Europe, except that little part of Istanbul.

          • NO ONE

            Lil' part of Turkey is in Europe, and that part consists 15.000.000+ people, more than some Europe countries' population. So we can say yes.

          • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

            That 15 million will be Istanbul (which is split into 2 halves). Majority of Turkey is in Asia!

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            I knew that, but territorial, it's more in Asia.

    • Huton Gergö

      Installed in Romania

  • Mohamed AlDoy

    I can't download this app in Dubai! WTF

    • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

      Same here! -_-

    • ayub407

      Yeah
      :(

    • Sami Dawood

      Me too :(

      BTW I am from Oman.

    • Hudahuda

      I guess you can't use it as a bomb ;)

    • jeffrey carré

      same Here : Haïti

  • Gustavo Parrado

    There seems to be some-countries-only :/

  • Himmat Singh

    Not in Malaysia.

  • Cory Wilson

    Isn't this supposed to back up game data? I see no mention of that. Considering I'm dying to run the factory image of 4.3 on my Nexus 7, would be nice not to have to run titanium backup and copy my files to a pc first

    • Himmat Singh

      The actual Google Play Games framework only involves Leaderboards, Achievements and Multiplayer. Backing up of data comes under something else (since it is/can also be used to back up data of regular apps).

      • Cory Wilson

        I thought so but I have yet to see any non google app use it.

        • Himmat Singh

          What do you mean? Some games do use the cloud save feature (such as those by Vector Unit).

  • yahyoh

    F#@$&$ u Google its US only ;_;

    • Vardan Nazaretyan

      It's not. Downloaded here in Germany.

      • yahyoh

        so its as always from Google some countries will get some will not :(

        • Vardan Nazaretyan

          I hate that. The country restriction is just ridiculous.

  • Daniel Juranec

    was available in Lithuania, wtf... http://d-h.st/XzI

  • Jerry Heiselman

    So, this is like Gameloft?

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    The official Play Games APK is now available for download - just refresh this post and you'll see it up top.

    • Himmat Singh

      Bless you mate!

    • Himmat Singh

      Hey, any idea why the app force closes each time it is launched? Is there anything else required besides this APK?

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

        Perhaps it has device compatibility issues and different versions? I pulled this one from the Nexus 4 running Android 4.3.

        • jaduncan

          I downloaded from the play store for an i9295 (s4 Active), started it up and got one crash but on second launch it worked fine. I wonder if they are just handling server load badly.

        • Himmat Singh

          Doubt so. I think it's detecting me outside the "official regions" and that's why it's shutting down.

  • Mircea

    It's working in Romania.

    • Huton Gergö

      confirm

  • eliseo

    Working in ITALY

  • Martin

    Working in Bulgaria :-) I think this is made to make people use their G+ more... To play with someone you need to add him in your circle.. We must admit.. Google is clever :-) If someone is good in Candy crush saga just challenge me and I will beat your a** :D gplus.to/MisterDimchev

    • hot_spare

      Well, exactly what I feel :)

  • VyktorJonas

    works fine in Brazil :D thanks

  • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

    So if I choose not to install this app, will I still be able to multiplayer and will it still keep track of my scores and achievements?

    • Raymond Berger

      Yes

  • Albrecht Noll

    Join the Play Games Community on Google+ to find multiplayer games, share achievements and leader boards and to have fun!

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/106792957398877131390

  • John Smith

    The naming of it all sounds odd to me: Google Play Store , Google Play Games.
    The "Play" should be removed from both.

    • Enes Taşdemir

      Why? There is also Google Play Magazines, Google Play Music. The "play" isn't confusing.

      • John Smith

        The "Play" is totally extraneous

  • lolobabes

    downloaded four hours ago here in the Philippines, ahihihihi

  • Primalxconvoy

    1. Has this app got better genres for the search (ie: "fps", "rpg", etc)?
    2. Had Google finally gotten around to making gamepad support decent?

    If not, I'd say that this feature was running before walking.

  • iamnotfan

    Works in Japan
    I don't think care tho : )

  • iamnotfan

    Initial release, already awesome .

  • Moosa Mahsoom

    Thanks for the news.... I thought it was a over the air update....

  • http://www.mp3songsv.com/ John Smith

    Thanks For Sharing...