Game developers do not trust Google Stadia

Posted on Thursday, March 05 2020 @ 10:48 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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ExtremeTech reports there are various reasons why there are so few games for Google Stadia. Among other things, developers complain there are not enough monetary incentives to join the platform. Google isn't really offering funding and that's a hurdle for many developers because Stadia does not have a built-in audience.

Secondly, a survey by Business Insider found that game developers do not trust Google. The search giant has a long history of abandoning services and developers fear the same might happen to Stadia. Every single developer polled by Business Insider indicated that they are concerned about the longevity of the platform:
But if the low audience figures and near-zero funding is bad, the last piece of the puzzle is worse. According to Business Insider, every single developer they spoke to expressed very little faith that Google would put any effort into building Stadia into a long-term service. When a survey of developers reveals that every single one of them is concerned enough about the longevity of your platform to bring it up unprompted, it tends to mean you’ve got a serious PR disaster on your hands.
Queried for a reponse, Google Stadia representative Patrick Seybold didn't exactly reassure developers:
“The publishers and developers we speak with regularly are very supportive, and want Stadia to succeed. It is also worth pointing out that not every publisher has announced their games for Stadia so far, and more games will continue to be announced in due course.”

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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