Google is known for pulling the plug on various projects that don’t meet their expectations. Stadia is among these as a new report by Kotaku states that Google is closing down their own game studios in Montreal and L.A. Additionally, producer Jade Raymond is leaving the company after just moving on from EA a few years ago. These closures will affect around 150 game developers under Google’s umbrella. Because of this, multiple projects have since been cancelled. Google will continue to operate the Stadia platform but exclusives are going by the wayside without their own in-house developers.

Stadia’s Phil Harrison will continue to pursue publishers to use the Stadia tech as a way of bringing games to the streaming platform. This is a similar approach to Nvidia’s GeForce Now or Amazon Luna. However, this leaves a bitter taste for exiting developers as one describes Stadia to be “a terrible place to make games; Imagine Amazon, but under-resourced”. Google barely produced any games at all during the short tenure of their Montreal and LA studios. Let’s hope the developers find meaningful work in the industry elsewhere.

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Raul Ochoa, a.k.a. Soul Kiwami, is the Deputy Editor in Chief of Final Weapon. With a passion for the Japanese gaming industry, Raul is a huge fan of Nintendo Switch, PC hardware, JRPGs and fighting/action games. business email: [email protected]