February 23, 2015
We are proud to announce our partnership with Google to promote the Google Cloud Platform Build-Off contest. Build your app idea on the platform to win major prizes before February 28!
Within its first year, the addictive gaming app Angry Birds had already hit more than 140 million downloads, and the team at Rovio decided to adapt the mobile game for web browsers. The developers chose Google App Engine to build the game because they knew it would allow them to work quickly and provide the scalability needed to support an enormous user base. “Angry Birds Chrome” finished on schedule, followed by other titles such as “Angry Birds Google+” and “Angry Birds Friends.”
According to Stefan Hauk, Rovio’s Lead Server Developer, Angry Birds is proud to be hosted on App Engine. “We appreciate the instant scalability, because when we release a new game, it usually becomes immediately very popular. We had 263 million monthly players at the end of last year who are already playing our games, and when we tell them there’s a new game, they all come to try to play it. So we need a lot of computer power from the start.”
If you’ve been thinking about creating a gaming app, Hauk adds some words of wisdom from a company that has amassed far more than 2 billion downloads: “Keep your team small, focus on what you can do best, and leave the operational aspects to the people who know how to do it: the Google Cloud Platform team.”
The Most Powerful Cloud Infrastructure
For the past 15 years, Google has been building out the world’s fastest, most powerful, highest quality cloud infrastructure on the planet. And the Google Cloud Platform is built on the same infrastructure that powers Google. The Google Cloud Platform App Build-Off is your opportunity to evaluate the services offered in the platform and submit your gaming, film, or music app using one of the many options provided.
Participants in the build-off may be eligible for awards in each category (film, music, and gaming). First prize winners, in addition to $100,000 in platform credits and $5,000 in cash, will also be invited to present their applications (in person or via Hangout, in Google’s sole discretion) at an awards ceremony hosted by Google at SXSW on March 15, 2015! So, just by entering, you’ve put your app in front of Google management – their team of experts will be the contest judges. And, if you win, you will be able to say you launched at SXSW – and at a Google event no less!
Fun and Addictive Apps Require a Strong Platform
So, what’s your idea? Consider the cloud storage and performance needs that a music app might require. Which tools will it need to make sure it runs smoothly? Choose from Compute Engine, Container Engine, Firebase, BigQuery, App Engine, Cloud Datastore, Cloud Storage, and Cloud Pub/Sub. Check out how Google Cloud Platform supports the Starmaker app, which allows users to sing, video, and auto-tune their musical creations:
Community and Support
Whether your idea is in the gaming, film, or music genre, you are still going to want to rapidly develop, deploy, and iterate your applications without worrying about system administration. Google manages your application, database, and storage servers so you don’t have to. And you need to know that there is support available when you need it. Google Cloud Platform is backed up by a robust support offering providing you with varying levels of options depending on your needs. The free community-based support includes resources, training content, and documentation. The tiered support packages offered through Google ensure that you will be able to access trained experts 24/7 over the phone.
We know it’s important to have all the information before choosing a cloud platform to host your app. Take a look at these video testimonials from engineers and developers on some of the world’s most popular apps and companies, and then get your app built and submitted!
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