Solana Labs Expands Partnership With Google Cloud For Web3 Gaming

Solana Labs has broadened its partnership with Google Cloud, making its web3 gaming API, GameShift, accessible to Google Cloud customers. Solana announced this development on May 2. The company stated that this deal would make it easier for developers to explore web3 gaming technology and incorporate blockchain-based features into their releases.

“Our mission is to drive mainstream adoption of blockchain technology in gaming,” said Davis Hart, the head of GameShift. “By becoming part of Google Cloud’s partner ecosystem, GameShift allows us to accelerate mainstream adoption by extending these capabilities to their vast, global developer ecosystem.”

Solana describes GameShift as a user-friendly API that simplifies the complexity of developing games leveraging blockchain capabilities. These features include in-game minting of Solana-based digital assets, branded in-game marketplaces, transaction fees and key management services, and non-custodial wallets.

“Many game studios built on Google Cloud want to tap into the creative potential of Web3 technology, but the inherent technical complexities have been a major barrier to broader adoption,” said Jack Buser, Director for Games at Google Cloud. “By bringing GameShift into Google Cloud’s ecosystem for living games, we’re giving developers a streamlined path to build immersive blockchain experiences without wrestling with the underlying technology.”

GameShift also facilitates credit card and banking integrations for payments and payouts.

The Collaboration Between Google Cloud & Solana

Google Cloud first partnered with Solana in November 2022, when it revealed it was operating a block-producing Solana validator. On Oct 26, 2023, Google Cloud announced that Blockchain Node Engine had begun providing Solana node management services.

One week later, the Solana Foundation announced that Google Cloud had added Solana data to its public data set program for BigQuery — Google Cloud’s serverless data platform offering machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities.

In April 2023, Dan Albert, the executive director of the Solana Foundation, said that Solana’s then-pending collaborations with Google Cloud would significantly benefit developers working on web3 gaming applications.

“We’re excited about the support that Google Cloud is bringing to the Solana ecosystem,” Albert said. I see a big wave of adoption coming in gaming; users are seeking experiences that are not only fun but also bring new modes of play to their users.”

According to CoinMarketcap, the price of Solana’s network token, SOL, rallied 9.6% in the past 24 hours to last change hands for $137.

Source: CoinMarketCap

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