Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service seems to have disappeared another top video game industry veteran—sort of. Jack Buser, Stadia’s Director of Games and a former PlayStation executive, is moving to the company’s Google Cloud division to head “Game Solutions”. a ZDNet report.
Google confirms Buser’s departure from the Stadia for Google Cloud group, confirming this statement. Boundary:
Gaming is an incredibly important industry at Google, and we’re seeing massive momentum across all products and services. Jack’s new role will allow us to better offer our customers the best of Google in our Cloud services, Stadia, YouTube and more. Stadia continues to be led by GM Phil Harrison, and Stadia’s business development and co-management teams will continue to be led by Michael Abbattista, who takes over in 2020.
While it’s easy to think that Google is trying to create a loss for Stadia as synergy for Google’s larger gaming goals, it could make a lot of sense for Stadia’s future. As I wrote in February when the company undermined its own game studios, writing on the wall — Stadia boss Phil Harrison sent a clear message that Stadia’s future is to run it as a “technology platform for industry partners,” not a place to build Netflix games or their own groundbreaking games.
And now, it looks like Buser will be working on this general technology platform that Google already sells as Google Cloud for its partners.
If Google finally decides to add Stadia its google graveyardIt may be easier to swallow if the company manages to convert it to a different type of business first. However, Google may have decided to take a different route and invest more, not less, in gaming. ZDNet A Google Cloud spokesperson quotes gaming as “one of the most important industries we invest in,” and writes that the idea behind Buser’s move is to “connect with gamers through a holistic suite of products and services.”
“The tech giant can offer end-to-end collaboration solutions that include YouTube as a streaming partner for live streams or esports events, for example.” ZDNet adds.
Some come to mind 70 pages of confidential Google document We uncovered from epic v. Apple Last month’s trial marked Google’s plan to make it “the world’s largest gaming platform” by 2025 by bringing nearly 100 Android games to Windows PC and then expanding it to Mac, smart displays and TVs, all powered by Google’s cloud services. explains. . The document suggested that cloud gaming could also be a part of this vision and that the platform would also be “super premium” games. Shadow of the Tomb Raider as a representative example.
Buser has a lot of experience shooting premium games at both Google and Sony, where he heads up Sony’s own cloud gaming service PlayStation Now, and may soon have a more attractive pitch to bring those games.
While in Stadia had some serious struggles, also constantly trying to make the service more attractive, recently reduced revenue share to connect more developers, adding direct touch screen control option, and finally Bringing Stadia to Chromecast with Google TV.