Mobile gaming is a large and lucrative industry today, but not all mobile device users might be interested in battles like Fortnite or MOBA like Mobile Legends and the like. Some may not even have phones that can handle these games anyway. Knowing that players and games aren’t limited to certain popular genres and phones, Google has embarked on a journey through its Area 120 experimental group to bring more lightweight mobile games to HTML5. These games, collectively known as GameSnacks, are now migrating to some Google products to make them easier to discover and play.
The death of Flash may have made some people remember the old Flash games you could play in browsers. The old technology may be gone, but the idea of games you can play on any device that has a web browser never really died. Today, we have HTML5 to make that dream come true, and Google is bringing it to Android in a few key places.
HTML5 games aren’t exactly new, but finding them wasn’t easy either. With GameSnacks, Google brings together a collection of HTML5 games in one place, but even that isn’t enough to draw people’s attention to these fun little things. You still have to hunt them assuming you even know where to start.
As with almost any web activity, you can now launch Google, especially Google Chrome or Google Discover, which will display these ready-to-play games that don’t need to be installed. Interestingly, Google is also adding GameSnacks to Google Pay, which has grown into more than just a way to move money.
GameSnacks was initially designed to meet phones with fewer hardware resources and markets with a more limited Internet connection. It is therefore not surprising that this representation is limited to several markets such as India, Indonesia, Nigeria and Kenya. Google, however, may have greater ambitions for HTML5 games and is luring more HTML5 game developers to join with the promise of monetization opportunities soon.