Google No Longer Develops Video Games in Montreal

Montreal’s video game development for the Stadia platform is finished: Google announced Monday that it was closing its own video game studio, leaving independent publishers to produce new titles for its cloud gaming platform (remote computing).

The tech giant launched Stadia at the end of 2019, a service that allows you to play games of the same quality as on consoles remotely, without having to download them or buy expensive equipment.

“Creating the best quality games from scratch takes a lot of years and a significant investment. And the costs are rising exponentially, ”the California group said in a statement.

“As we are already focused on Stadia technology and deepening our commercial contracts, we have decided to stop investing in the design of exclusive content by our internal SG&E teams. ”

Membership in Stadia costs $ 10 per month, and includes some games, but accessing most of the catalog means spending more money.

“Clearly, Stadia’s technology works at scale,” Google said, citing the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 as one of the platform’s successes. “The ability to play streaming (remote and continuous) is the future of the industry, and we will continue to invest in Stadia and its infrastructure.”

Late last year, Amazon launched a similar service in the United States, called Luna. It competes with Stadia and also Microsoft’s xCloud platform.

Each of the three cloud heavyweights has servers that house the computing power needed to remotely play without delay in in-game actions and reactions.


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