Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Google’s Flaky Reputation Is Impacting Development for Its Stadia Gaming Platform

Ben Gilbert, Business Insider, after explaining that some developers felt like there isn’t enough financial incentive to port their game to Google Stadia:

But Stadia doesn’t have a large audience to reach — at least not yet — so Google must create that incentive for developers. And the people we spoke with said, outside of money, there wasn’t much reason to put their games on Stadia.

“If you could see yourself getting into a long term relationship with Google?” one developer said. “But with Google’s history, I don’t even know if they’re working on Stadia in a year. That wouldn’t be something crazy that Google does. It’s within their track record.”

This concern — that Google might just give up on Stadia at some point and kill the service, as it has done with so many other services over the years — was repeatedly brought up, unprompted, by every person we spoke with for this piece.

Why would any developer see a viable partnership with a company that introduces and kills products at Google’s rate?