Google is shutting down its in-house games studio for Stadia


It’s not exactly a shock when Google kills off one of its products anymore but with Stadia having grown in stature thanks to the release of third-party games such as Cyberpunk 2077 and Madden NFL 21, the announcement that it’s shutting down its in-house game studio is worthy of the lifting of a single eyebrow. The move from developing its own titles to focusing on third-party games means that the experienced Jade Raymond is leaving the company.

The announcement came from Phil Harrison, the Vice President and General Manager of Stadia, who posted the following on the The Keyword:

“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.�

Despite the promise that Google will continue to invest in Stadia and third-party titles, it’s a shame that after developing games such as Orcs Must Die! 3 and Submerged: Hidden Depths that the studio is being shuttered. Most team members will move to other roles with Google assisting them.

It’s decisions like this that make it difficult to trust Google’s commitment to Stadia, especially with the search giant having a history of mothballing products ahead of their time.

Source: The Keyword

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