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>> Google, the world's most used search engine, is now looking to become a a go-to company for gaming. And it's planning to scare up new interest with game makers at San Fransisco's Games Developers' Conference, GDC. Says Reuters correspondent, Paresh Dave.>> Gaming's important to Google because it's the biggest category of apps on the Google Play App Store.
That's an important revenue driver, all the top grossing apps on the Google Play App Store are pretty much games. So Google really needs to cater and make sure that they're going after this industry. Cuz Amazon's going after them, Microsoft's always interested. So Google is trying to make sure that they are the platform that the game developers choose when they think about who should we start licensing technology from?
>> Game developers are now working to incorporate Google Map technology in mobile games, like The Walking Dead and Ghostbusters. Similar to the 2016 hit game, Pokémon Go, that allowed players to visit places in the physical world to catch the little monsters. Google says the broader outreach to developers is a sign that games and phones have matured and can now display complex virtual worlds that require more technology resources.
And to make sure players around the world can connect faster than before, Google's Cloud division is rolling out a service for that too.>> So before, Google's focus was teaching people how to build apps on the Android platform or take advantage of Google's ad tools. Different now is Google is really pushing all this other technology that they have.
And suggesting that game developers pay for that and integrate that into their apps.>> Google says artificial intelligence technology could be offered up next for game developers. So the next hit game on your phone could take you to places you never imagined you would go.