Google Play Games now has filters to exclude titles with ads or in-app purchases

Google Play Games' new filters. (Source: Google)
Google Play Games' new filters. (Source: Google)
Mobile gaming is a growing industry as it can be a fun way to pass the time. However, the enjoyment titles made to be played on your phone can be curbed by the need to complete micro-transactions to proceed, or to watch ads to avoid paying for the same. The games-specific variant of the Google Play Store now has settings to help choose new apps without these drawbacks.
Deirdre O'Donnell,

The smartphone is an increasingly prominent source of gaming-related entertainment, as it is often within easy reach when boredom, fatigue or even the urge to play with a device while in the bathroom take hold. However, it is also often riddled with disruptive ads or consistent prompts to buy new in-app products to unlock further gameplay or add to the UX.

These issues are regarded as problems that can prove quite a drain on a user's wallet or time with prolonged gaming, particularly in the case of in-app purchases. Accordingly, Google developers have made slight buy significant tweaks to Play Games, a specific spin-off of the Play Store app, that may help consumers avoid them if necessary.

The update, reportedly known as Fireball within the company, comes in the form of 2 new filters that allow users to only view those games without ads or micro-transactional attributes. They are found next to their counterparts that leave these filters off below the user-specific parts of the UI in the Categories section, and should become visible with the latest updates to this app.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-09-13 (Update: 2020-09-13)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.