Google will shut down the Games section of Google Plus on June 30 to make way for Google Play game services, the company announced yesterday.
Google Plus launched in June 2011, and games arrived on the social network in August of that year. The platform hosts casual and social games à la Facebook, including Rovio's Angry Birds and Spry Fox's Triple Town. Yesterday Google announced Google Play game services, the company's first foray into gaming-centric services — such as leaderboards, achievements and matchmaking — for mobile games across Android and iOS devices and the web.
Google is advising users who wish to continue playing the games to contact their respective developers about the fate of each title, and provided a list of the studios in a support document to facilitate that. Individual developers will also decide what happens to any in-game funds on which players may have spent real money.