The search giant Google is reportedly looking to replicate Apple’s Game Center with a native Android app of its own.

Despite the ongoing patent war waged between Apple and a bunch of Android backers over the look and feel of iOS software, Google is reportedly looking to simply copy Game Center.

The search firm needs own social gaming service so Android gamers have a central place to connect with each other, check out leaderboards, scores and challenge friends.

And if their other products are anything to go by, Google’s thing is likely to feature deep integration with Google+, their another social thing…

According to a report published by Business Insider, citing a source familiar with the plans, Google’s Game Center-like service is a key piece of the puzzle necessary to make Google a contender in the mobile gaming space.

It will apparently feature a social “achievement” system with virtual awards and trophies, in addition to a leaderboard to rank players against their friends.

An industry source close to developers told the publication:

They are starting to really understand all of the needs and wants to make a game really successful. As recently as even a year ago, that really wasn’t part of their institutional DNA, But I think they’re getting there.

One more area where Google is imitating Apple:

Fixing the payments system for Google Play, the online store where players buy Android games and other apps, to make it as smooth as buying games in the App Store. That’s been a big reason why Android developers make less money than those who build apps for Apple’s iOS devices.

Prior to Game Center, iOS games relied on third-party services such as Open Feint to provide these features. With the release of iOS 4 on September 8, 2010, Apple introduced Game Center as the go-to enabling platform to provide a consistent, game-independent online multiplayer social gaming network built around the Apple ID credential system.

Game Center now comes standard with iOS devices and will debut on Macs with a summer 2012 release of the OS X Mountain Lion operating system.

This will let game developers create streamlined experiences as games for both iOS devices and Macs will be able to provide a consistent set of features (matchmaking, leaderboards, etc) across both platforms.

With the strides Apple’s been making in the gaming space, it makes sense for Google to double-down on gaming and provide a similar service of their own.

Let’s just hope it won’t be a total Game Center rip-off, even if the report asserts that’s exactly what’s at play here.

Thoughts?

  • idk why they want to copy gamecenter, I don’t use it, and everybody I know doesn’t use it either. -.-

    • apple copied OpenFeint…

  • Big deal
    That’s how this industry is
    Everyone copies each other
    Didn’t apple copy the basic concept of pull down notification centre from android?….
    Yeah apple did it better but the basic concept was from android…

    • and android users need one.
      Even though I never use iExactly.
      Big whoop I don’t think they should “rip-off” in the title.
      It’s a good concept and android users need one.
      Even though I never use it…
      Heck maybe how iOS made the notification center better android will do the “ripped-off” version of game center better.
      They feed off each other each trying to better each other.
      Be thankful for the competition or there wouldn’t be much innovation.
      Off my soapbox…t…
      Heck maybe how iOS made the notification center better android will do the “ripped-off” version of game center better.
      They feed off each other each trying to better each other.
      Be thankful for the competition or there wouldn’t be much innovation.
      Off my soapbox…

      • Anonymous

        This^

      • Kok Hean

        This^

      • Anonymous

        This^

      • Anonymous

        I glanced at the title of this article, and I instantly knew that Christian had written it :/

      • Anonymous

        Aka negative nancy.

      • Siv

        Haha that’s exactly how I felt!

  • People were calling Game Center a rip-off of XBLA and PSN when it came out, too. Just the way it goes, and I don’t see it as a bad thing when in the end it’ll benefit the user.

  • Anonymous

    Sigh

  • Anonymous

    *SHOCK*

    What’s amazing is that it is taking them this long.

    Expect ones from Samsung and Amazon in the very near future.

  • Christian, sounds a little like fanboyism. There are 2 giant corporations at work here. Lets let them do their thing. None of them is a saint so lets not say that G is better than A or A is better than G or G is stealing from A and so on. At the end of the day everybody is stealing from everybody (including from us). Once a company has shares valued at $600 each, I do not care what happens. If it would be a small company being “ripped off” by some other one, maybe I would care to judge

  • so now if google makes one they are ripping off apple? but apple ripped off OpenFeint. why do you give apple the credit? apple copied a sony viao from 2006ish to design the macbook air…hmm but no one says that

  • Anonymous

    Christian needs to get over himself…

  • Anonymous

    bitch please N-GAGE İS the first MOBİLE ONLİNE GAME center İF we call rip off ios was first(not androıd fan boy or etc.. ı have 5 five ios device R2NC my game center name 🙂

  • doesn’t sound like they are copying apple, sounds like google will be integrating multiplayer social services into Google+ and through Google Play.. this isn’t a copy of apple but evolution of where gaming is going.. Android needs a unified multiplayer platform that provides the developer framework and sdk’s to make multiplayer gaming easy to implement.. Since Android dominates the mobile market, its a great thing for gaming!

  • Being a Rip-Off sucks. But the competition will be great. The more they advance, the more Game Center will advance. This was great for the iPhone because it developed very quickly. Game Center will be the same with Google pushing it to it’s limits all the time. I look forward to it.