GOOGLE CLOSES STUDIOS

Google will close its two game studios, located in Montreal and Los Angeles. Neither had released any games yet. That closure will impact around 150 developers. The company says it will try to find those developers new roles at Google.

Google was rather abortive in game development. Typically AAA class games can take 24-36 months to develop by a team of 40. The payroll is fairly standard but game design is an art in its own.

Google initially offered Stadia in a $129 Founder’s Edition bundle, which included a custom controller, a Chromecast Ultra (used for streaming games from Google’s servers to a TV), and three months of Stadia Pro, a subscription service that granted access to certain games.

Google will continue to operate the Stadia gaming service and its $10 monthly Stadia Pro service. Google is now more content to provide the streaming to third parties.