Last month Google announced that the way gamers sign in to Google Play Games would soon be changing, and it looks like that day has finally come. The company has just released a blog post explaining that Play Games will no longer require you to sign up with a Google+ account. Instead, gamers will be able to sign up with a newly-created Gamer ID, which can be customized with a Gamer Picture of your choosing.
Google says that for new users signing into their first Play Games integrated game and existing users signing into a new Play Games integrated game, you’ll create a unique Gamer ID and select one of 40+ avatars for your Gamer Picture. Just like current Google Play Games accounts, you can choose to make your gaming activity public or private, and decide if other gamers can associate your Gamer ID with your email address or real name.
Google is making it easier and faster to start playing new games, too
And just as expected, Google is also making it easier (and much faster) to start playing new games. Now you won’t need to wait for the slow Play Games prompt to load up each time you start a new game, thanks to the new auto sign-in functionality. With auto sign-in, you’ll only be prompted to sign-in once per account, not once per game. You’ll also automatically be signed in to future games.
These new changes will be rolling out in the next few weeks, so you might need to wait a little while before you can sign up for your Gamer ID. Will you be signing up for a Gamer ID? What are your thoughts on Google ditching the Google+ requirement? Let us know what you think in the comments!