Google to Stop Making Video Games for the Stadia Platform
According to recent reports, it has been stated by Google that it will no longer be making video games. The announcement from Google right after two years of launching its Stadia gaming platform was highly publicized by Google.
Following Google’s announcement, it has been revealed that the company is in the process of shutting down Stadia Games and Entertainment (SG&E). The announcement was made by Phil Harrison, who is the vice president at Stadia Games and Entertainment (SG&E).
Phil Harrison is also the General Manager (GM) at the Stadia games and Entertainment (SG&E) and he made the announcement on February 1, 2021.
According to Harrison, the designing, development, and launch of best-in-class games can take several years and a significant amount of investments. However, the costs of developing games have been growing higher and higher with every passing year.
With the passage of time, the budget of developing games has started growing even higher than the movies in Hollywood.
Therefore, the company had decided that it will no longer be creating and launching games of its own. However, it will be supporting other game developing companies and sharing its expertise with them so they can also develop high-end games. The startup game developers or others wanting to launch their games would also be able to launch them through the Stadia platform.
Harrison stated that in the coming months, the current developers at the SG&E will be moved into other roles in Google. Google is fully aware of their potential and knows exactly that SG&E developers are invaluable resources that they would not want to lose.
However, Harrison stated that they are sad that Jade Raymond will no longer be a part of Google. Raymond has decided to pursue his career outside of Google and the entire Google, as well as the SG&E team, wishes him the best of luck.
Jade Raymond was the executive in-charge at Stadia Games and Entertainment (SG&E). Raymond was one of the key members at SG&E as he had gained a lot of experience from his past roles in other prominent companies. Raymond had previously worked at Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, and Sony.
With the joint efforts, the game developing units at Google and SG&E added some very popular names to the gaming industry. Some of the most prominent names that the SG&E platform has launched include Submerged: Hidden Depths, Gylt, and Outcasts.
In addition to the above, the Stadia Gaming Platform had also launched in-house studios that were responsible for making games. However, after the recent update, these studios will also be shut down.
Google is yet to make any comments in regards to the recent reports and did not even make any comments pertaining to how many employees will be impacted because of this change.