Games: Stadia’s End Reveals Big Tech Dilemmas – 10/11/2022 – Tec

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Considered one of the symbols of the entry of big technology into the gaming market, Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service will cease to exist on January 18, 2023. Silicon was created on the 29th by Phil Harrison, vice president and general manager of Stadia.

“While Stadia’s approach to game streaming is built on a strong technological foundation, it hasn’t gained traction with consumers that we had hoped,” the executive said, tasting the complexity of the current gaming market landscape.

In theory, there’s no way Stadia can go wrong. Cloud gaming services are seen as the future of gaming, with the potential to make consoles obsolete, make access to games more expensive, and further expand the consumer market. In addition, Google will not only have the technical and infrastructural capabilities to develop the product, but also the investments to maintain it in the long term.

The announcement of the project in March 2019 shook the gaming industry. While some analysts have already identified problems with the service, such as the lack of key launches, Sony and Microsoft have decided to move in order not to lose their leadership in the sector and have established a rare partnership to develop game streaming technologies.

Despite the efforts of its competitors, Stadia has managed to remain a pioneer, but it has paid a high price. Its launch in 14 countries – including Brazil – in November 2019 was accompanied by a lot of criticism, for minor technical problems (although they do exist), but mainly for a poor catalog of 22 games – all paid, except for a paid monthly subscription to the service.

It’s no coincidence that when Microsoft announced in July 2020 that Xbox Game Pass subscribers (its game subscription service) would be able to play streaming games starting in September, it highlighted that more than a hundred titles would be available for free. .

Meanwhile, Google tried to expand its startup in two ways:

However, as time went on, the company showed signs that it was not willing to wait for results. In February 2021, less than two years after the service was announced, Phil Harrison announced that the company would no longer invest in the development of exclusive games and closed the Stadia studios.

The announcement led to speculation of the platform’s demise, which Google denied, noting that it predicted another 100 new games would be launched on the service in the same year.

“I would tell the unbelievers to watch how we continue to make our words a reality […] We’re partnering with top studios like Capcom, EA, Square Enix, Ubisoft and more,” the developer’s head of marketing, Nate Ahern, told GameIndustry.biz in May 2021.

In February of this year, another sign that Stadia’s days are numbered. A report on the Business Insider website says that Google has started offering the platform technology to partners under the “Google Stream” brand, depriving Stadia of its priority. In addition, according to the text, several professionals who worked on the platform were transferred to other areas of the company.

Even after all the signs, the announcement of the end of the platform surprised users and especially developers. Although users have received assurances from Google that they will be refunded for their purchases on the platform, the studios that were scheduled to launch for the platform still do not know what the future holds for their games.

It’s hard to pin down a single reason for Stadia’s failure. However, the history of the platform shows that you cannot develop a successful project in the gaming industry with technology alone. Relegating content to the background can be fatal to any investment in this sector.


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