Configuring Google Play Games Services

This document covers how to configure Google Play games services for your Android, C++, or web-based game. If you have not done so already, make that you have set up Google Play games services in the Google Play Console before proceeding.

Configuring achievements and leaderboards

To create or edit achievements and leaderboards, click the Achievements and Leaderboards tabs for your game from the Google Play Console, and then fill out the corresponding forms.

For more information on creating achievements and leaderboards, see the achievements and leaderboards game concepts.

Enabling Saved Games

The Saved Games service gives you a convenient way to save your players' game progression to Google's servers. Use this service if you want to retrieve player game data and allow returning players to continue playing from their last save point from any device.

Before using the Saved Games service, you must first enable it from the Google Play Console:

  1. In the Google Play Console, open the Games services tab, then select your game from the list.
  2. Turn the Saved Games option to ON and agree to the terms of service.
  3. Click Save.
  4. Publish your game changes.

After performing the steps above, it may take up to 24 hours for Google Play games services to activate the Saved Games feature for your game. If you want to test the Saved Games feature immediately, manually clear the data in the Google Play Services app installed on your test device.

To clear the cached data on Android, open Settings > Apps > Google Play services, click on Manage Space, then click on Clear All Data.

For more information on using the Saved Games service, see the Saved Games game concepts.

Adding translations for your game

You can set your own translations for game details, including the display name, game description, and graphic assets. You can also specify your own translations for achievements and leaderboards that are associated with your game.

To add your own translations for game details:

  1. Open the Game Services page from the Google Play Console, and select your game.
  2. On the Game details page, click the Add translations button.
  3. Select the languages that you will provide translations for, then click Add to confirm your selection. On the Game details page, you should see buttons for the languages that you selected.
  4. On the same page, click the button for a language, then edit the form with your translations for the display name, description, and the graphic assets.
  5. Click Save to store your translated game details.
  6. Open Linked apps for your game. For each linked application, add the corresponding details for the translation languages that you added.

For more information on adding translations for achievements and leaderboards, see the achievements and leaderboards game concepts.

When displaying game detail, leaderboard, and achievement strings, Google Play games services uses the game-supported language that is closest to the user-requested language. For example, if the user's device language preference is set to French (Canada) (fr-CA), but the game supports only English (United States) (en-US) and French (France) (fr-FR), Google Play games services will select the fr-FR strings to display since this is the closest matching language.

Enabling multiplayer support

To integrate Google Play games services multiplayer support, you must enable the appropriate multiplayer settings. You can enable real-time or turn-based multiplayer support for Android.

To enable multiplayer support:

  1. Open the Game Services page from the Google Play Console, and select your game.
  2. Open the Linked apps page for your game, then switch the multiplayer setting to ON.
  3. Click Save as draft to store your settings.

Granting edit permission to other users

You can add other team members to the Google Play Console so that they have the ability to edit your application settings. Note that this is an account-wide setting. Other users that you add will have access to all applications and games that you have created with this account, not just one particular game.

At this time, new team members will also have write privileges to your game and all of its settings in the Google Play Console, so be sure to only add team members with whom you are comfortable sharing this access level.

To add additional team members to your Google Play project:

  1. Select Settings.
  2. Select User Accounts and Rights.
  3. Click Invite new user, and enter the email address of the team member you'd like to add to your project.

Once that person accepts your invitation, they will be added to your project.

The screen to invite new users to share this
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Viewing and editing project settings in the Google API Console

While the Google Play Console simplifies the process of creating a client ID for your application without having to use the Google API Console, there may be instances where you will want to view and edit your project directly in the Google API Console.

Typical scenarios include:

  • Enabling additional APIs for your project (such as Google Drive).
  • Editing the branding information for your game in the OAuth 2.0 dialog.
  • Viewing your API quota and requesting more (if necessary).
  • Editing authorized URIs or JavaScript origins in Client IDs that you've created in the past.

Viewing your project

To view your project in the Google API Console:

  1. Go to the Game details tab of your game's entry in the Google Play Console.
  2. At the bottom of the page, click on the link provided in the API Console Project section.

Adjusting API usage quotas

In the Google API Console, you can view the API usage limits currently set up for your game and the amount of quota that has been used. You can also set per-user limits to prevent an abusive user (or a buggy game client) from depleting your quota.

To view or change usage limits for your project, or to request an increase to your quota, do the following:

  1. If you don't already have a billing account for your project, then create one.
  2. Visit the Enabled APIs page of the API library in the API Console, and select an API from the list.
  3. To view and change quota-related settings, select Quotas. To view usage statistics, select Usage.

Be aware that "users" are determined based on the IP address of the client making the quota request. For instance, if all of your requests came from a single server, that server might be erroneously tagged as a single spammy user. To prevent this, you can attach a userIp=x.x.x.x argument to your API endpoint requests.

To learn more about setting per-user quotas, see the Google API Console documentation.

In addition to a per-user limit, there is an application-wide per-day limit for the Google Play games services API. Typically, you will not need to change the pre-allocated limit. However, if you anticipate a large spike in volume (for example, for an upcoming launch event), you can request for additional quota by clicking the Request more link.

Activating other APIs

When you create your client ID in the Google Play Console, the Google Play Games Services API is automatically turned on for your project. You can activate other Google APIs from the Google API Console.

To enable an API for your project, do the following:

  1. Open the API Library in the Google API Console. If prompted, select a project or create a new one. The API Library lists all available APIs, grouped by product family and popularity.
  2. If the API you want to enable isn't visible in the list, use search to find it.
  3. Select the API you want to enable, then click the Enable button.
  4. If prompted, enable billing.
  5. If prompted, accept the API's Terms of Service.

Modifying branding information

To modify the branding information (title, logo, etc.) for your game that appears in the OAuth 2.0 dialog, set the attributes in the consent screen of the Google API Console.

To set up your project's consent screen, do the following:

  1. Open the Consent Screen page in the Google API Console. If prompted, select a project or create a new one.
  2. Fill out the form and click Save.

To modify attributes related to your OAuth 2.0 client ID (web origins and redirect urls for a web app, etc.):

  1. Open the Google Play Console and navigate to your game.
  2. On the Game Details page, scroll to the bottom and click the link to the linked Google API Console project.
  3. In the Google API Console, select your project.
  4. In the sidebar on the left, select APIs & auth. Make sure that the Google Play Games Services API status is ON in the displayed list of APIs.
  5. In the sidebar on the left, select Registered apps.
  6. Expand the OAuth 2.0 Client ID section and find the attribute to edit.

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