Google is really bad at getting developers for Stadia

Usually, when a new game console or platform is in its development stage, console developers put forth incentives for publishers to port games on their platform. Either they offer a certain amount of money, or -in some cases- free development kits for developers to get their product on the platform. console makers are competing with other console makers for a developer's effort and time.

Stadia, on the other hand, clearly doesn't give a shit. Google is not only having trouble securing larger triple-A titles from some of the industry's biggest publishers, but reports from across the internet seem to confirm Google's lack of commitment to convincing smaller studios to port their games.

Business Insider contributor Ben Gilbert spoke to a developer -who wished to remain anonymous- who said the following:

"We were approached by the Stadia team," one prominent indie developer told me. "Usually with that kind of thing, they lead with some kind of offer that would give you an incentive to go with them." But the incentive "was kind of non-existent," they said. "That's the short of it."

This, of course, isn't the only developer who echoed these complaints. There are numerous similar stories out there that say pretty much the same things: Either Stadia's monetary offers are too low, or non-existent. Business insider also spoke to a lead publisher, who expressed that once they were approached by Stadia's reps, that the money they were offering the publisher was “so low that it wasn’t even part of the conversation.”

Another publisher -who wished to remain anonymous- said that their studio declined Stadia's offers, citing that “there was no positive reason to move forward. There wasn’t really anything to want us to get in the door other than to be the first on the platform”

Google's legacy of bad ideas

Most developers out there are apprehensive about Google's long-term support of the platform, and one can hardly blame them. Google has a proverbial laundry list of I.P.'s that they abandoned shortly after they were launched, with most only lasting less than five years. When we covered the death of Google Plus in late 2018, we cited how little of a shit Google gave about the platform while it was alive; repeatedly butchering the U.I., and giving the platform little -or no- moderation from spam bots.

Google's illustrious history of only propping up one of their ideas for about a year has consumers apprehensive about the platform as well, with many questioning whether the service will be around in another five years.

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  1. Slowly but surely more and more AAA titles are coming to Stadia including Cyberpunk 2077 which is releasing for PS4, Xbox One and PC in November this year and by the end of year will also be available on google stadia.