Google hiring for games product manager

It's hard to believe but the massive Internet company Google has never really made much of a push into the games industry. But that may finally be changing. A recent job listing at the official Google web site shows that the company is looking for someone to fill a new position: "Product Manager, Games." According to the description the job is a "rare opportunity to grow a brand-new business - Games at Google!"

The new games product manager will have to "design strategies for game distribution and discovery, player identity, game mechanics, and more." The job description adds that the person will also have to design "a great user experience" along with "building out key partnerships." The product manager for games will also have to "work directly with a critical set of early adopters, game developers. Interesting and impactful decisions involving social gaming, privacy, virality, business, and technical APIs await you and the strong, passionate team of gamers you will work with."

Google has previously dipped its toes in the game industry via efforts like Lively, a kind of virtual world division that launched in July 2008 but was shut down by Google less than a year later. Google has also invested some money into the popular Facebook-based social networking game publisher Zynga and has games that can be purchased and downloaded on its Chrome Web Store. Of course lots of games are also available to download on Google's Android smartphone operating system. However it appears from this new job position that Google is getting ready to make a more concentrated effort to enter the games industry.

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Hmm, PopCap was acquired for more than $1 billion this week--by an unknown buyer. I have a feeling that Google is up to something. Plants vs Zombies, AstroPop, Bejewled, Peggle, Zuma, etc.

Travis Alexander Brown said,
Hmm, PopCap was acquired for more than $1 billion this week--by an unknown buyer. I have a feeling that Google is up to something. Plants vs Zombies, AstroPop, Bejewled, Peggle, Zuma, etc.

instead of typershark searchshark getting points for how fast you search

Travis Alexander Brown said,
Hmm, PopCap was acquired for more than $1 billion this week--by an unknown buyer. I have a feeling that Google is up to something. Plants vs Zombies, AstroPop, Bejewled, Peggle, Zuma, etc.

Wasnt it EA that was snapping up PopCap?

Once again, Google's trying to take over every aspect of the technological and real world.
How long before we see Google Fast Food? Google Movie Theater? Google Game Console? It's getting rediculous now...

PlogCF said,
Once again, Google's trying to take over every aspect of the technological and real world.
How long before we see Google Fast Food? Google Movie Theater? Google Game Console? It's getting rediculous now...

How about Google Skynet? ;p

PlogCF said,
Once again, Google's trying to take over every aspect of the technological and real world.
How long before we see Google Fast Food? Google Movie Theater? Google Game Console? It's getting rediculous now...

+1 thats exactly what I thought, Google Food

spudtrooper said,
nothing to get excited about...

Right now probably not, but when you'll see all the games in three years with Google Games label on them, it might seem important When Google steps in, it's important. Hail Google.

Nemorosus Mens said,

Right now probably not, but when you'll see all the games in three years with Google Games label on them, it might seem important When Google steps in, it's important. Hail Google.

nah..

spudtrooper said,
nothing to get excited about...

same was said about the Chrome browser.... now its sharing the 1st place with Fx

spudtrooper said,
nothing to get excited about...

same was said about the Chrome browser.... now its taking the 1st place with Fx

allwynd said,

same was said about the Chrome browser.... now its taking the 1st place with Fx

first place where? among fanboys? well hooray
we all love someone knowing what websites you visit

allwynd said,

same was said about the Chrome browser.... now its sharing the 1st place with Fx

sure about that? must be your own usage? afaik, IE still has around 50% of the market.

Diagramatic said,

sure about that? must be your own usage? afaik, IE still has around 50% of the market.

im talking about overall functionality and customization, its as good as Fx, im not talking about the millions of clueless people using IE

IE integrates very well with other Microsoft applications which is why its so commonly used in business. Your clueless for looking at this as a home user sat in your bedroom at your parents house.

SK[ said,]IE integrates very well with other Microsoft applications which is why its so commonly used in business. Your clueless for looking at this as a home user sat in your bedroom at your parents house.

true true.. you almost had me, cisco kid