Testing and Publishing Game Changes

To ensure that Google Play games services are functioning correctly in your application, you should test your Google Play games services before publishing your game changes on Google Play.

Enabling accounts for testing

If your game is in an unpublished state, you must whitelist the user accounts that you want to grant access for testing. Otherwise, your testers will encounter OAuth and 404 errors when attempting to access the Google Play games services endpoints.

To add testing access to an account:

  1. Open the Testing tab for your game in the Google Play Developer Console.
  2. Click the Add testers button.
  3. In the dialog that appears, enter the email addresses of the Google Accounts that you wish to add as testers (one email address per line).
  4. Click Add to save your preferences. The tester accounts you added should now be able to access your Google Play games services.
The 'Add new testers' dialog box

Giving testing access to alpha and beta users

Google Play makes it easy to distribute pre-release versions of your app to alpha and beta test groups. You can start with a small group of alpha testers, then move to a larger group of beta testers. Once users are added, they access your app's store listing and install the app. User feedback from alpha and beta testers goes directly to you and is not posted as public reviews. For more information about configuring alpha and beta testing with the Google Play Developer Console, see Beta-testing and staged rollouts.

You can grant access to existing alpha and beta users to test your game (as though you have added them to the tester list, as described in Enabling accounts for testing). To do so, open the Testing tab for your game in the Google Play Developer Console and toggle the switches for alpha and beta testers.

Publishing your game changes

Once you are ready to share your latest game changes with the world, it's time to publish! Publishing your game changes makes the Google Play games services that you have configured available to public users of your game.

To publish your game changes:

  1. Make sure to publish the application that is linked to your game, if you have not already done so. To learn more about publishing an Android application, see the Publishing Checklist for Google Play.
  2. Open the Publishing tab for your game in the Google Play Developer Console, then follow the instructions on that screen to publish your game.
  3. If there are missing or incorrectly configured items that are preventing you from publishing your game, the Publishing tab will tell you what those items are so that you can fix them.
The Publishing tab, showing a list of missing elements that are
  preventing game services from being published

The data for listed testers for the game is not automatically deleted when you publish the game changes. To delete data for testers, use the Google Play games services Management APIs.

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