By Alex Chilton/Bloomberg Google is ending its Game Developer Developer program in September.
Google said it is ending the program “in an orderly manner.”
The announcement came Friday, with the company telling developers that they need to focus on other ways to help the mobile market.
Developers can still submit games, but there will be no more opportunities for free-to-play games.
Developers will still be able to create free apps.
Google Play was founded in 2008 and was created to allow developers to publish games for the Google Play store and Google Play Movies and TV service.
Google says the program will continue for a while longer.
“We’ll see what the market does, but we’re going to keep our focus on creating great, high-quality games,” Google said in a statement.
Google also announced a partnership with the Game Developer Institute, a nonprofit that focuses on game development.
The GDI announced it would create a new program called the GooglePlay Game Developer Program, which will offer free game development and training, with $100,000 in grants for small and mid-size developers.