The beginning of the end of Google Stadia? Google closes game development studio

Google announced plans yesterday to shut down the company's dedicated Stadia Games and Entertainment development studio. The studio, revealed to the world in October 2019 when Google announced its game streaming service Stadia officially, was headquartered in Montreal and Los Angeles, and led by Jade Raymond, who is best known for her work as an executive producer at Ubisoft.

The announcement came hours after Kotaku published details on Google's plan to shut down the development studio.

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Stadia is a game streaming service that enables subscribers to play a selection of games on nearly any device with Internet capabilities. The main appeal of the solution is that the customer's device does not need to be very performant or have the latest in gaming hardware to play computer games.

Time and money are the two reasons that Google gives for shutting down the studio.

Creating best-in-class games from the ground up takes many years and significant investment, and the cost is going up exponentially.

The studio has not produced a game yet but the announcement hints that "near-term planned games" could be released to the Stadia platform. Most game studio employees, about 150 according to the Kotaku article, will "be moving on to new roles" according to Google's announcement.

Google wants to focus on the platform itself and reassures subscribers that it is committed to cloud gaming and Stadia. Google plans to offer Stadia and the technology behind it to game publishers and developers.

Closing Words

Google had high hopes and plans for Stadia, and focused on bringing third-party games to the platform and creating exclusive games in-house to attract a larger audience. One of those two pillars shattered with Google's announcement, and it remains to be seen how successful the remaining part of the business and Google's new strategic direction will be.

One of the main points of criticism directed towards Stadia from the very beginning was one that is true for all digital subscription services with purchase options: if the service is shut down, customers will lose access to all their purchases.

The announcement highlights the fragility of the platform. Google is not the only company with difficulties in establishing in-house game development studios. Amazon, too, is trying to enter the market. The company pulled one of the games created by one of its game studios recently because it did not meet expectations.

Stadia could very well be around for a long time, especially if Google's plan to focus on partnerships with game studios and publishers is fruitful. The decision to shut down the game development studio on the other hand may be confirmation to some that the decision to stay away from Stadia has been the right one.

Now You: have you tried Stadia? What is your take on this?

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  1. Steve said on February 2, 2021 at 6:45 am
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    The error was not buying an established game publisher and grow from there.

  2. Leak said on February 2, 2021 at 8:58 am
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    Well, what did we really expect from yet another Google service? Good riddance…

  3. Google said on February 2, 2021 at 9:38 am
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    Stadia is a joke, a dumb one.

  4. Ray said on February 2, 2021 at 11:26 am
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    Dead from the start. Google treated Stadia like a beta software project

  5. Fil said on February 2, 2021 at 11:35 am
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    This projects all have some lag, idk why im the only one who writes this.

    I have a very good pc and wired connection. I got very low ping on major game servers, but those streaming games always have a response time that makes very weird to play

  6. Anonymous said on February 2, 2021 at 11:39 am
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    Stadia was a stupid idea from the start due to input lag.

  7. Anonymous said on February 2, 2021 at 2:37 pm
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    Good, usually Google’s surveillance, control and censorship dystopias are evil but unfortunately self-sustainable in the short term, but here is one that even their trillion dollar value in dirty money was not enough enforce on mankind.

  8. Anonymous said on February 2, 2021 at 4:33 pm
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    I don’t like this. It’s typical google. Google videos -> youtube, in house mobile os -> android, cloudready, fitbit, the list is big. They first try in house, if it doesn’t work they start buying. I think they will start buying studios and I don’t like this scenario. Them closing the doors to the gaming money is not going to happen.

  9. BC said on February 2, 2021 at 9:58 pm
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    Did anyone really not see this coming?

  10. Anonymous said on February 2, 2021 at 11:03 pm
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    I don’t use google products anymore.

    1. Simond said on February 3, 2021 at 7:54 am
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      Except for Google search, I’m a happy Google-free user.

  11. Anonymous said on February 3, 2021 at 5:02 pm
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    Yet another thing that should’ve never existed in the first place. Even the Ouya was a better invention than Stadia.

  12. Anonymous said on February 6, 2021 at 10:34 am
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    Google only cares about data collection and games aren’t really all that useful for data collection.

    1. PeterS. said on February 6, 2021 at 4:57 pm
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      I am sorry but that’s not true, their income now is nearly 30% not from ads.
      It was only 10% 2 years ago.
      In some years most google services will be with subscriptions, they have already started the transition process, no unlimited google photos for free, making youtube slowly unusable without premium, google play pass, google one etc.
      They want to rely less and less on ads, that’s very clear for people who know economics.

  13. Yuglah said on February 6, 2021 at 2:06 pm
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    > have you tried Stadia?

    No, but I’ve watched reviews showing it in action. Seems like a good choice for some poor kids who can sucker an adult into paying for this seemingly affordable option. Hence I expect Google to make a huge profit from this scam.

    > What is your take on this?

    I think Martin’s spin on this news is speculative hype, which has already been regurgitated all over the web, the exact same way.

    Oh well, I guess that’s as good as it gets for a reporter who is on the outside of what’s actually going on.

    Yawn.

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