Authentication – Google

App Creation

Go to the Google Play Console and create your app: https://play.google.com/apps/publish/

With you app, navigate to Services & APIs and the left sidebar.


Click Add New Game, and set the name of type of the app

Go to the Google Cloud Console and select your new app: https://console.cloud.google.com

If you don’t see your app, ensure you’re on the All tab, or search for the app’s name

Setup for Google Play Services

In the Google Cloud Console Window, go to APIs & Services > Dashboard

You should see that Google Play Game Services is enabled, along with some other stock services.

If you don’t see Google Player Services, click “ENABLE APIS AND SERVICES” and enable it.

Now in the Google Cloud Console Window, go to APIs & Services > Credentials

Click the OAuth Consent tab.

  • Set the Email Address
  • Set the Product Name
  • Set the Privacy policy URL. You do not have to do this for development, but you will run into problems if you don’t add one in production!
  • Hit Save

Click the Credentials tab

  • Click “Create Credential” > “OAuth client ID”
  • Select “Web Application” as Application type
  • Give it a name

This will give you a client Id and client secret.

  • Go to your brainCloud Project on the dashboard: https://portal.braincloudservers.com/
  • In Design | Core App Info | Application Ids > Select the Google Tab in “Configure Platforms”
  • Enter the Google Client Id and the Google Client Secret.
  • Enter the Google App Id (the numbers before the dash in the Google Client Id)
  • Enter the Google Package Name

Back on the Google Cloud Console “Credentials” tab

  • Click “Create credentials” > “Service account key”
  • For service account, select “New Service Account”
  • Give it a name, and an “Owner” role
  • For key type, select “P12”

Keep that P12 Key!

  • Click “Manage Service Accounts”

You should see your new service account on this page, and have a P12 file saved locally from earlier

  • Copy and “Service account id” ie. authentication@authencation-69372532.iam.gserviceaccount.com
  • Go back to your brainCloud Project’s Google Tab in “Configure Platforms”
  • Enter the Google Service Account Email (the copied Service account id)
  • Click “Select a certificate file” and add the saved P12
  • Save your changes!

Create a KeyStore

Create a key store. View this documentation to find out how: https://developer.android.com/studio/publish/app-signing.html

Now in the Google Cloud Console Window, go to APIs & Services > Credentials

  • Click “Create Credentials” > “OAuth client ID”
  • Select “Android” as Application type (this will be used to pair your app with Google Play Services!)
  • Give it a name
  • Enter your SHA1 from your keystore. To get the SHA1, use the listed command on your saved keystore
    ex. keytool -exportcert -keystore authentication-shared.keystore -list -v
  • Enter the package name you defined earlier
    ex. com.brainCloud.Authenication

Then in Game Services of the Google Play Console

  • Select your app
  • Select “Linked Apps” on the left sidebar
  • Click Android
  • Enter your package name
  • Click “Save and Continue”

It should say it has been successfully linked, and display your client id.

Use this paired keystore when signing your app in the “Configuring Google Play Services in Code” section

Enabling Testers

If you set up your app like above, you may still run into problems with the Google Auth. This is because testers need to be enabled on the Google Play Console

In Game Services of the Google Play Console

  • Select your app
  • Select “Testing” on the left sidebar
  • Click “Add Testers”
  • Add the email addresses associated with the Google Play accounts you plan to test with

If you skip this step, you may see the Google Play popup on authentication with your android device, but while your app is in development, you will get not the Google Tokens needed to authenticate.

Configuring Google Play Services in Code

Get the Unity Package from this GitHub repo, and follow the instructions: https://github.com/playgameservices/play-games-plugin-for-unity

The above link will inform you to create an achievement on the Google Play Console, so you can export a similar xml example to pair the plugin with.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <!-- Google Play game services IDs. Save this file as res/values/games-ids.xml in your project. --> <resources> <!-- app_id --> <string name="app_id" translatable="false">1074452757487</string> <!-- package_name --> <string name="package_name" translatable="false">com.brainCloud.Authentication</string> <!-- achievement Welcome --> <string name="achievement_welcome" translatable="false">CgkI7_f_0qIfEAIQAw</string> </resources>

In Unity’s Player Settings for Android, you’ll need to add the keystore file and package name created earlier.

You can see our GitHub Authentication project example for reference.

Note that because of the Enabling Testers step, you will not be able to authenticate with brainCloud Authenticate example, as is. You will need to alter the current setup for your own test app.

You’ll be able to log in via Google Play Services and brainCloud with the following code

if (GUILayout.Button("Google Signin + brainCloud Authenticate", GUILayout.ExpandWidth(false)))
                PlayGamesClientConfiguration config = new PlayGamesClientConfiguration.Builder()
                PlayGamesPlatform.InitializeInstance (config);
                PlayGamesPlatform.Activate().Authenticate((bool success) => {

                    if (success)
                        m_googleId = PlayGamesPlatform.Instance.GetUserId();
                        m_serverAuthCode = PlayGamesPlatform.Instance.GetServerAuthCode();    
                        BrainCloudWrapper.GetInstance().AuthenticateGoogle(m_googleId, m_serverAuthCode, true, OnSuccess_Authenticate, OnError_Authenticate);
                       // Handle Error State