Developers And Publishers Say Google Isn’t Offering Them Enough Money To Bring Their Games To Stadia

Developers And Publishers Say Google Isn’t Offering Them Enough Money To Bring Their Games To Stadia
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Google Stadia hasn’t been a huge success. One big reason is the lack of games. And it seems the reason Stadia’s library of software is so small is that Google isn’t willing to spend the money to get more games on the platform. 

As reported by Business Insider, many developers have explained that one of the biggest reasons indies have mostly stayed away from Stadia is the lack of financial incentive from Google. One executive at a publishing company described the amount of money that Google was offering to them as “so low” that it wasn’t even part of the conversation.

Another indie dev described how most platform owners, like Microsoft and Epic, offer upfront incentives to entice developers and publishers to create or release games on their stores. But with Google Stadia the incentive was, in the words of that dev, “…kind of non-existent.”

Currently, there are only 28 games available on the video game streaming service. And while Google is promising to add over 10o to the platform this year, this report from Business Insider paints a picture that devs are nervous about working with Stadia. Many mentioned to Insider that they were concerned about Stadia’s future and how committed Google was to running the service long-term.

Since it was first revealed, Google Stadia has had a hard time convincing gamers to give the streaming service a shot. A lack of games, issues with pre-orders, old versions of games being uploaded to the service and other problems have plagued Stadia since it launched back in November 2019.

While new and big games, like the upcoming Doom Eternal, are still planned to release on Stadia this year, it does seem like the entire thing is on shaky ground.


  • Not to mention the prices are shitty. Even old-ass games have a sticker price that’s closer to when they launched than current market value. They’ve bought into their own hype of thinking that simply being Stadia is a draw in and of itself. Clearly, they are wrong.

    • It makes me think of those cringeworthy email exchanges where a customer expects artists/web designers to do things for free.

      “Payment?! You’re getting free publicity, you should be honoured that we want you!
      When we’re the biggest platform you will be sorry you didn’t accept this fantastic opportunity!”

    • And it’s not like Google would reimburse people when they do shut it down, the Devs/Publishers would cop all the blow back.

  • Of course you’re not offering developers and publishers not enough money to bring games to the Stadia Google because you guys are a failure an utter complete failure so suck it up and forget it.

  • Is this the same story with NVidia’s service? Or are people looking at every man and his dog having a movie/TV Series streaming service and saying “We’ll wait until we can do it ourselves”?

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