Google Opening First Stadia Games Studio in MontrealNovember 2, 2019
Today Google announced it will open its first Stadia-focused game studio in Montreal.
A blog post from VP and Head of Stadia Games and Entertainment Jade Raymond announced the new studio, and explained that it “will produce exclusive, original content across a diverse portfolio of games in all your favorite genres.”
“Just as Stadia intends to change the way games are accessed and experienced by players,” the post continued, “we want to change the way games are made.” Raymond explained that they are aiming to foster a “diverse and inclusive workplace” with a focus on creating a positive company culture alongside the games they make.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Raymond also explained that Google has plans to build more first-party studios in addition to this first one in Montreal, and that it may be several years before we see “a huge new IP that’s going to fully leverage the cloud.” That said, Google already has “quite a few exclusive games in the works that will demonstrate some of the exciting things about the platform” in the meantime.
Google Stadia Controller Gallery
Raymond said Stadia Games and Entertainment will be starting smaller than some of their grander, long-term plans. “Initially we’re going to have some interesting indie-style titles we sign and they might look a little different, or take advantage of a YouTube integration, or have a different role for a streamer,” she said, while also making clear that “more and more” will arrive each year as they ramp up.
The Google Stadia Founder’s Edition will be launching on November 19, and we recently broke down how the company plans to tackle the latency issues that can come with streamed gaming. You can also find a full list of every game confirmed for Google Stadia here.
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