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The writing’s on the wall for Google Stadia

After fourteen months, Google has decided it doesn’t want to be a game company anymore. Where once it had its own cloud-based console, controller, and the promise of homegrown triple-A games, it no longer wants to build its own games as of today. And though a Google spokesperson emphasizes that...
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Engadget

I wish Google showed more faith in Stadia

Yesterday, Stadia Vice President and General Manager Phil Harrison announced that the studios Google built to make games for the cloud gaming service would close. Jade Raymond, the star producer that Google wooed to lead the effort, would depart the company at the same time. In a blog post, Harrison said that Google remained committed to its cloud gaming platform but would focus on working with “industry partners.” Essentially, rather than selling a mix of homegrown and third-party titles, Stadia would become a storefront for whatever cross-platform games are made available. But if Google’s executives aren’t comfortable growing this platform by investing their time and money into it, then why should I?
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9to5Google

How to export & download your game saves from Google Stadia

While Stadia allows you to play games on nearly every screen, some may wish to switch to a local gaming device, perhaps for improved graphics or to remove the potential for network issues. Here’s how you can export and download your game saves from your Stadia account to use on Steam or Epic Games on PC/Mac.
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Google closes its Stadia Games & Entertainment Studio less than 14 months after launching its streaming platform

Google has confirmed that it has shuttered its Stadia Games & Entertainment (SG&E) in-house studio. Announced in a blog post, the change applies to the studio in Los Angeles and Montreal. Reputedly, many former SG&E employees will be able to apply to work within other Google departments. However, it remains to be seen if Google can reposition game developers when it no longer has a studio. However, Jade Raymond, who was Studio Director of SG&E and had previously worked at Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, will leave Stadia.
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Ars Technica

Google closes Stadia’s dedicated game studios after less than 2 years

This isn't a typical entry in our long-running "Google kills product" series, but it's close enough: Google is shutting down its first-ever dedicated game studios, which had been founded as part of its beleaguered Google Stadia cloud-gaming service. Kotaku editor Stephen Totilo confirmed the news on Monday ahead of Google...
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Google doesn't want to kill Stadia, just Stadia as we know it

Yesterday's Stadia news has some fearing for the future of the platform. While the company hasn't announced that it's killing Stadia itself, some wonder if this step away from first-party games could be the beginning of the end. But it's the licensing news that's the most important detail: Google is opening itself up to a pivot that could be an incredibly smart move. In the long run, Stadia's original business model may have been doomed to fail.
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CNET

Google shutters in-house Stadia games development studio

Google is winding down its in-house development of Stadia games, according to a Monday release from the tech giant. Google says it plans to refocus the service, and that it'll house games from existing developers going forward. "Our goal remains focused on creating the best possible platform for gamers and...
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The Verge

Google is shutting down its in-house Stadia game development studios

Google is shutting down its internal Stadia game development division, the company announced today, as it refocuses Stadia to be a home for streaming games from existing developers instead of developing its own games for the service. “Creating best-in-class games from the ground up takes many years and significant investment,...
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IGN

FIFA 21 Coming to Stadia in March, EA Extends Exclusive UEFA License

FIFA 21 is coming to Stadia in March, and EA has extended its exclusive license to UEFA content, including the Champions League and Europa League competitions. A press release from Electronic Arts reveals that FIFA 21 will come to Google Stadia on March 17, as part of EA's plan to make FIFA games accessible across more platforms. That comes alongside expanding release regions for FIFA Online 4 - a free-to-play, downloadable version of the core game currently only available in Asia. The company is also working on "multiple in-development mobile offerings" under the FIFA brand.
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9to5Google

Stadia Changelog: Madden NFL 21 and 3 new games, Hello Engineer beta, more

Closing out the month of January, there were quite a few big stories in the Stadia world. Among those, the biggest was the arrival of Madden NFL 21 on Stadia, the reveal of February’s Pro games, and the announcement of a beta program for the upcoming exclusive Hello Engineer. Stadia...
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The Verge

Stadia’s biggest (timed) exclusive won’t be exclusive anymore

Crayta’s timed Stadia exclusivity is coming to an end soon, with developer Unit 2 Games confirming that the title will be making its way to PC “very soon.” Originally announced as a “First on Stadia” timed exclusive, Crayta’s jump to other platforms was always more a question of “when” rather than “if,” but the announcement marks the first official indication of the regular PC port.
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9to5Google

‘Save State’ January 2021: This month in Stadia [Video]

The first month of 2021 is now all but behind us. Gamers need to hunker down ahead of a down period in gaming, and for Stadia, January 2021 has been one heck of a quiet month for the game-streaming platform. About Stadia “Save State”: This is our overview/compilation of all...
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9to5Google

Crayta, Stadia exclusive game creation engine, is getting a PC release w/ cross-play

Crayta, an engine to both play games and create games of your own, is dropping its Stadia exclusivity and gaining a PC release later this year. First launched last year, Crayta is a way to both play games as well as to make games of your own. Built on the same Unreal Engine as Fortnite, one of the goals of Crayta is to make game design more accessible, a goal that goes hand-in-hand with Google Stadia’s mission to make games themselves broadly accessible.
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