Stadia Games & Entertainment is dead, and Jade Raymond has to look for another job…
Google Stadia is going into a different concept, Google announced on its blog. Stadia Games & Entertainment’s studios are going to be shut down, and it will be a mess for Typhoon Studios. This Canadian team, formed in 2017 and responsible for Journey to the Savage Planet, was the only studio Google acquired since the start of SG&E. The acquisition happened in December 2019. (There were two other internal studios: one in Montreal, one in Los Angeles.)
Jade Raymond, who was formerly helping lay the foundation of Assassin’s Creed at Ubisoft, then moved to Electronic Arts to open Motive, a studio that she supervised to help to work on the campaign of Star Wars: Battlefront II. She moves to Google to lead Stadia Games & Entertainment until this announcement. She’s now looking for a new job, and those who got affected will be supported by Google to find a new workplace within the company. By shutting SG&E down, Google is shifting its focus to build on Stadia’s technology for the industrial partners and deepen its business partnership with the other companies in the gaming industry.
„In 2021, we’re expanding our efforts to help game developers and publishers take advantage of our platform technology and deliver games directly to their players. We see an important opportunity to work with partners seeking a gaming solution all built on Stadia’s advanced technical infrastructure and platform tools. We believe this is the best path to building Stadia into a long-term, sustainable business that helps grow the industry.
We’re committed to the future of cloud gaming, and will continue to do our part to drive this industry forward. Our goal remains focused on creating the best possible platform for gamers and technology for our partners, bringing these experiences to life for people everywhere,” Stadia vice president and general manager Phil Harrison said in a statement. (In other words, Stadia is currently bleeding money, and Google wants to have the upkeep costs covered with the help of third-party companies…)
Google Stadia will continue to work as before, but there will be no more Google-developed games planned for it. It means it’s a question of time when the system falls apart. xCloud, PlayStation Live, Amazon Luna, GeForce Now, and even Electronic Arts’ upcoming Project Atlas could look for a brighter future. Remember how Google+ disappeared altogether? That was Google’s social media platform, forced into YouTube, too…