Stadia’s vice president and head of product quietly leaves Google

    
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It would seem that things over in the world of Google Stadia are continuing to look grim. In the wake of Stadia game studios being closed, some insider reports of mismanagement, and the very public screw-up of a third party dev’s Google account (that was fixed a while later), there’s now word that John Justice, the VP and head of product for Stadia, has left his post.

The departure appears to have been a somewhat abrupt one, as Justice’s LinkedIn profile is yet to be updated and Google provided a one line statement about the move, saying, “We can confirm John is no longer with Google and we wish him well on his next step.”

Justice’s role for Stadia was related to the consumer experience for the service, which often saw him talk about future updates made to Stadia. Readers will note that such talk was reeled back in favor of only discussing things that were actually on the way instead of, for example, being caught listing features that wouldn’t be available at the product’s launch. Which is also part of the reason why we got late word of a search function.

Whether this leadership shift represents a shakeup to make Stadia work or a slow dressing down as Google preps to bin yet another project will only be told with time, but for right now there’s perhaps some reason for concern.

source: 9 to 5 Google via Reddit, thanks to Danny and Yrys for the tip!
Update
As detailed on Resetera, the exodus appears to be continuing; six additional former studio staff are now working at Jade Raymond’s Haven Studios. (Thanks, GD!)
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Ardra Diva

Google is a data-driven company and they probably weren’t gleaning enough player info to consider it a revenue generator. “games” to them are just ways of getting you to log on to their servers so they can scan your PC. Just my opinion.

The Weeb formerly known as Sray
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The Weeb formerly known as Sray

As someone who really wanted/still wants Stadia to succeed (I would never use it for competitive multiplayer, but it’s fantastic for single player games), it’s tough to keep seeing these stories.

I really want to have a game streaming service in my array of gaming options, and Stadia’s model is honestly the only one that really matches what I’m looking for: a supplement to my gaming PC and consoles during the increasingly frequent times when using my primary platforms is not viable (summer heatwaves, but more importantly during AI processing sessions which are becoming a more frequent, year round occurrence for me).

Unless I’m mistaken, Amazon’s Luna and Microsoft’s X-Cloud services both look to be catalog services that preclude the a la carte purchases; which is what really I want. I’d rather spend $200 dollars a year on a few select single game purchases I’ll actually than $150 a year on a recurring subscription for 300 games that I have no interest in. I get that a lot of people think that these catalog services look great, but to me they’re looking largely like just another gateway to rampant mircotransactions. Plus, the majority of the games on Microsoft’s service will require a controller, and my preference is a mouse and keyboard most of the time. And finally, GeForce Now is useless to me: I don’t use Steam and the number of non-Steam games that run on GFN is less than half of Stadia’s pathetic library; and it is also insane because there are dozens of games available via Steam on GFN that can be purchased through Epic or GOG, but not played on GFN.

Oh well… like I said the last time MOP ran one of these articles: the long, drawn out car crash that is Stadia is like watching Xerox bungle the mouse and GUI all over again.

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MilitiaMasterV

See, I actually thought it was a great idea ‘in theory’ early on. But then I thought it through. It was more of the “We don’t want you to actually have ownership of your games you buy, we want to be able to ‘lease’ them to you, so not only do you have to ‘buy to play’ them, but you also have to ‘rent’ them!”, but “the benefit is, that you won’t have to play them on your piece of crud you’ve got at home, so you’ll also be paying for exorbitant internet prices to manage a lag free connection, while also not having any legal recourse to access your game you paid for if/when the game ‘service’ goes under”…as it appears to be.

It’s a problem with their belief that the consumer doesn’t get a ‘right’ to ‘their’ product, even after the consumer has PAID for it.

That’s probably why a lot of people pooh-pooh’d it and didn’t give it money to get off the ground, and why it’s been a very slow train wreck, as ‘just enough’ poor saps fell for it and gave them enough to get a small bit of the idea going.

In theory, it works, in actual application, people go broke to barely be provided a useful ‘service’…

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Bruno Brito

That next step won’t ever be towards the management of any project ever again.

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Danny Smith

[Killedbygoogle.com’s shadow looms ever closer]

Its funny to see the constant copium rich spin the “Stadians” try to give these. The earlier adopter techbro seems to have hindsight deficiency as a baseline trait and they are getting kind of unstable and Its amazing to watch from a distance.

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Bryan Correll

“We can confirm John is no longer with Google and we wish him well on his next step.”

…..said just before pushing him down a flight of stairs.

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Greaterdivinity

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-05-05-six-additional-staff-leave-stadia-to-join-haven-studios

And I guess there’s more Stadia staff left? Well, fewer? Another half dozen left to join Jade Raymond’s studio.

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Leo

well maybe this will bring in someone that lives in the real world and not fantasy land that seems to have been in the core idea of stadia

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KoboldWhite

Corporate accountability is so very inspiring.