Google recently announced the expansion of its Google Play Games, offering to bring popular phone apps to users’ PCs.
In early 2022, Google first launched the platform for use on computers after being exclusively for Android phone users.
The Beta for Windows PCs included only a limited number of games and was available in a select few countries.
Over the past year, Google expanded the offering globally and it is now available in over 100 countries.
Now, the company is expanding its portfolio of games from 100 to over 3000 games that were formerly available only on Android devices.
Some of the most popular titles include Clash of Clans and Clash Royale.
The wildly popular Clash of Clans is played monthly by over 76 million users on both Android and iOS devices.
With the new expansion, these 3000 titles can be played on Android devices, Windows 10 or 11 computers, or through a user’s Chromebook.
The new release also includes support for game platform controllers including Xbox S|X, Xbox One, PS5 DualSense, and PS4 DualShock, that can be used to control certain games.
Google also supports 4K resolution for games that offer higher resolution.
Google Play Store is not without its detractors, with a class-action lawsuit filed in November of 2022 for $4.7 billion that accuses Google’s parent company, Alphabet, of unfair business practices.
The lawsuit alleges that Google prohibited developers from steering users to any platform that the company designated as a competitor.
These practices, along with Google’s expansion of the platform globally onto Windows PCs and to a much broader set of games, make it appear that the company is quietly positioning itself to be a major player in the world of gaming.