Google is shutting down its in-house Stadia game development studios
February 1, 2021
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Google is shutting down its internal Stadia game development studio, the company announced today, as it refocuses Stadia to be a home for streaming games from existing developers instead of developing its own games for the service.

“Creating best-in-class games from the ground up takes many years and significant investment, and the cost is going up exponentially,” a blog post from Phil Harrison, a vice president at Google and general manager for Stadia, reads. “Given our focus on building on the proven technology of Stadia as well as deepening our business partnerships, we’ve decided that we will not be investing further in bringing exclusive content from our internal development team SG&E, beyond any near-term planned games.”

As part of that change, the company is shutting down both its Los Angeles and Montreal game studios, with Jade Raymond — the Ubisoft and EA industry veteran that led the Stadia Games and Entertainment studio — set to depart the company entirely.

Stadia itself, alongside the $9.99 Stadia Pro subscription service, will continue to exist going forward, and Google may continue to try and get exclusive (or timed-exclusive) third-party titles to offer through that service.

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