If you love gaming but don't want to log in using your Google+ ID, you may be in luck.
If you love Google Play Games but can’t stand Google+, you are in luck. According to a report from Engadget, the company has recently decided to eliminate the Google+ login requirement for its Play app, bringing joy to gamers around the world.
In the next few weeks, some of your favorite games from the Google Play Games app will transition over to the new format, requiring a new ‘Gamer ID’ instead of a Google + account to log in. If you’re a proactive gamer, you can create your own handle in Google Play Games right now, and can choose from over 40 different avatars for your profile picture.
Your new Gamer ID will be linked to your e-mail account, and will give you the option to publish your gaming activity or to keep it private. By pairing friends lists with e-mail addresses instead of Google + profiles, the switch will also make it easier to play with your friends without maintaining an antiquated social media page just for the sake of gaming.
That’s not all – the new login process will only require one set of credentials to play any game in the Google Play Games app, instead of a unique log in with every game.
If you’re new to Google Play Games and want to start playing, all you’ll need to do is pick your own Gamer ID when you log in for the first time. Existing users will also be asked to create a new ID when they log into one of the games newly integrated with the updated system.
Google has been slowly decoupling the Google+ requirement from its applications, beginning with YouTube and moving on to its other popular applications and services. Fans seem happy about the decision, as the new requirement makes it that much easier to access all of your games with a single password.