When Google originally announced its gaming service Stadia, the company also announced First-Party Game Studio. Stadia Games and Entertainment were to release exclusive titles for the new platform. And yet, Google has changed its mind and is now To close Its internal game studio.
“With our focus on building Stadia’s proven technology, as well as deepening our business partnerships, we have decided to bring specialized content from our internal development team SG&E beyond any near-planned games Won’t Invest, Google Stadia VP and GM Phil Harrison wrote blog post.
That’s right, the company hasn’t released a single game under the Stadia brand yet, but it’s already finished. This is a strange move as Google has made some significant investments in the space. It originally built a studio in Montreal Canada and Acquired typhoon studio. He then opened another studio in Los Angeles.
Jade Raymond was heading Google’s first party studio. She has been working in the video game industry for over 15 years. In particular, she was a producer for Ubisoft in Montreal previously working on Assassin’s Creed Games. She also worked for Electronic Arts on an unrelated single-player Star Wars video game.
Today’s news also means that Raymond is quitting Google. Other Google employees working for Stadia Games and Entertainment will move to new roles.
Going forward, Stadia will focus on third party games. The company says that Cyberpunk 2077 has been quite popular on cloud gaming platforms, for example. It lets you launch games on a server in a data center near you and stream video feeds to your device.
“We are committed to the future of cloud gaming, and will continue to do our part to advance this industry. “Our goal is to focus on creating the best possible platform for gamers and technology for our partners, bringing these experiences to people everywhere,” Harrison writes.
But do you believe in him?