Google Hires Developer Advocate For Games, Is Google Games Next?

Google just recently hired Mark DeLoura, a games industry veteran, as its “Developer Advocate for Games”. In this role, his responsibility is likely to help work with games companies and games teams that create games for the Android and OpenSocial platforms, although a formal job description has not been released. Could this lead to Google partnering with game teams to publish premiere games?

Mark is talking about his move over at his blog, and seems excited about the potential to engage in the games business as a representative of Google and their platforms. He’s only just begun, but this blog could perhaps be a good way to get some inside information as to what Google’s plans are. While working with Electronic Arts, my team and I had the opportunity to work with Google on several of their platform initiatives including OpenSocial and iGoogle, and saw a company passionate about creating great game content for their users. With the recent success of games, we’ve seen all the platforms step up to highlight them as a prime source of entertainment for their users: Facebook has a Games Dashboard, Apple just announced a Games initiative and now Google is moving in as well. Mark made some comments about the new role and games at Google on his blog, with an excerpt below: