Google To Shut Down In-House Stadia Game Development Studios

Two years after its establishment, Stadia Game Development Studios is shutting down.


Cloud gaming has been gaining a lot of popularity lately, with a number of brands launching their own service. Google Stadia remains to be one of the most popular cloud gaming services with the sheer number of features it offers. Google also established an in-house studio for developing games especially for Stadia, known as Stadia Game Development Studios. It also acquired indie-developer Typhoon Studios, the developers of critically acclaimed Journey to the Savage Planet, to further bolster its team. However, it has now decided to shut down its studios owing to the high costs involved with developing games.

Google Shuts Down In-House Stadia Game Development Studios Owing to High Costs

In a blog post, Phil Harrison, vice president, and general manager of Google Stadia states that “Creating best-in-class games from the ground up takes many years and significant investment, and the cost is going up exponentially. 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.”

This doesn’t mean that titles that are in development will be cancelled. Instead, the studio will not be working on any new titles from now. The focus will now shift towards third-party titles, and that can actually prove to be beneficial for the platform. Phil further adds that Jade Raymond, head of Google’s Stadia Games and Entertainment, will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Most of the SG&E team will be shifted to new roles.

Stadia has been witnessing a lot of popularity lately, especially due to the unavailability of stocks of next-generation consoles. Games like Cyberpunk 2077 which have struggled to run well on consoles and a number of PCs have performed really well on Google Stadia. Moreover, Google’s decision to offer three months of Stadia Pro subscription also had a positive impact on the platform’s player base. As of now, there isn’t much known about the Stadia’s launch in India although it continues to expand across many countries across the world.