Wednesday, March 13, 2013 | 7:00 AM
After six weeks of intense game play across the agency world, the Ping-Pong Hangout agency face-off has come to a close. There was fierce competition from all 48 agencies and more than 25,000 games played. The winner: Big Spaceship who played their way to the top with more than 3,400 wins. Congratulations to 360i, Carrot Creative, The Barbarian Group and Deep Focus who swept the remaining top five spots.
Though the competition is over, you can still join the fun on CreativeSandbox.com and try out the Ping-Pong Hangout. Using this Hangout app, you can play a game of Ping-Pong with an opponent using your face to control the paddle. The site also features a Guidebook that covers the basics of Hangouts, Hangout apps and ideas for use cases. Want more? Check out the recording of the Hangout with the agencies behind the game or grab our one sheeter to get started.
The Ping-Pong Hangout is fun stuff, but its the technology behind it that’s most impressive: the Google+ Hangouts API. The API can help you build deep, engaging and unique experiences for Hangouts. We’ve also found that the average duration of a Hangout increases by 2.5 times when participants use an app. The best part? Anything you can put in an iFrame, you can add to a Hangout app.
Interested in working on a Hangout app for your client? We have plenty of resources to help you get started. Check out our getting-started guide for the Hangouts API, get some inspiration from the Hangout Apps Showcase or ask questions of the Google+ Developers team in their Hangout office hours on Tuesdays at 2:30pm PT.
Posted by Lindsay Rumer, Google+ Marketing