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Google might be launching a games console this month, but it’s not the only tech company ramping up its gaming activities.

Snapchat may be on the verge of launching its own games platform, albeit one within its app rather than on a physical piece of hardware.

“The mobile game platform, internally codenamed ‘Project Cognac,’ will feature a handful of games from outside developers designed to work specifically in the Snapchat app,” reported tech-news site Cheddar – although the story is based on a single source. The story suggested that the new platform will be unveiled on 4 April at a Snap conference for partners in Los Angeles. It wouldn’t be a complete surprise: Snap bought a mobile-games company called Prettygreat last year, whose boss Phil Larsen previously worked as the chief marketing officer at the developer of games like Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride. The Snapchat app has also experimented with simple augmented-reality games in the past year and a bit.

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