Google Stadia to shut down first-party game studio

The cost was too high, says Google.

Google Stadia will shut down its first-party game studio Stadia Games & Entertainment, the publisher today confirmed.

“Creating best-in-class games from the ground up takes many years and significant investment, and the cost is going up exponentially. Given our focus on building on the proven technology of Stadia as well as deepening our business partnerships, we’ve decided that we will not be investing further in bringing exclusive content from our internal development team SG&E, beyond any near-term planned games,” Google said in an update.

The update also confirmed that Stadia Games & Entertainment head, Jade Raymond — who left EA Motive in late 2018 and joined Google in early 2019 to head up the first-party studio — has left Google “to pursue other opportunities.”

“We greatly appreciate Jade’s contribution to Stadia and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors,” Google said of Raymond. “Over the coming months, most of the SG&E team will be moving on to new roles. We’re committed to working with this talented team to find new roles and support them.”

Stadia acquired Journey to the Savage Planet’s Typhoon Studios back in late 2019 and added the team to the Stadia Games & Entertainment brand; today, Google confirmed that those staff members and others with the first-party studio will “will be moving on to new roles.”

“We’re committed to working with this talented team to find new roles and support them,” Google added.

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