Google killing Stadia’s studios may make crossplay gaming better for everyone

Google’s recent decision to close its dedicated game studios — opened to much fanfare just two years ago — has been seen by some as an admission of failure; another big tech brand that doesn’t quite “get” gaming.

It can’t have been an easy decision, and thoughts naturally turn to the 150 developers now looking for new jobs in a challenging market. But the existing strategy was trying to be all things to all people. This pivot could see Stadia become a proper games-as-a-service business, rather than a console that happens to be in the cloud.