Another CEO has left Google Stadia, and this time it is John Justice, vice president and product manager of Stadia at Google. Along with Phil Harrison, the face of the project was justice, who often gave interviews and conversations with the press. Justice has not yet updated his LinkedIn account, but after a report by The Information, Google told 9to5Google, “We can confirm that John is no longer on Google, and we wish him success in his next step.”
This latest departure is just another sign that Google’s game streaming service is coming to an end. A February Bloomberg report revealed that the service missed Google’s internal sales estimates by “hundreds of thousands” of users. Shortly before the release of this report, Google closed its own gaming studio, Stadia Games and Entertainment, after less than two years of operation, citing high operating costs. The move led to another high-ranking departure from Stadia, the release of Assassin’s Creed co-author Jade Raymond.
Justice’s latest big media hit was a video interview with The Escapist in December. This interview from just six months ago shows how quickly Stadia collapsed on Google, with Justice recounting internal projects led by Raymond and saying that “over time, we will continue to make more internal games.” Two months later, all these plans will be canceled.
Employees were shocked by the closure of Stadia’s studio, as just a week earlier Phil Harrison said Stadia had made “great progress in building a diverse and talented team and creating a strong range of exclusive Stadia games”. A Kotaku report said Harrison’s dismissal of all employees a week later was “part of an obvious model of Stadia’s management that is not fair and in advance with the company’s developers.”
Angry employees told the site that the relocation was confusing, with a former employee telling Kotaku, “If you started this studio and hired a hundred or more of these people, no one starts it just to disappear in about a year, right?” You can’t make a game for so long … We had many years of calm, and now we don’t. “
After closing its gaming studio, Google seemed to hint at a change in Stadia’s strategy. A Google publication said the company was looking for “a way to build Stadia into a long-term, sustainable business that helps the industry grow,” indicating that the current strategy of selling games to customers is not a “sustainable business.” The post highlighted Google’s “platform technology,” which can help studios deliver games “directly” from publishers (as opposed to the Stadia store?), And that Google sees this as “an important opportunity to work with fully-fledged partners.” gaming solution. The advanced technical infrastructure and tools of the Stadia platform. “