Google Stadia dies, but game design remains a solid career

After years of pledging support for its Stadia cloud gaming platform, Google plans to shut down the project in January 2023.

“A few years ago, we also launched a consumer gaming service, Stadia,” wrote Phil Harrison, vice president and general manager of Stadia, in a post on Google’s official blog. “And while Stadia’s approach to consumer game streaming has a strong technology foundation, it hasn’t gained the user buy-in we expected, so we’ve made the difficult decision to start terminate our Stadia streaming service.”

Google would integrate streaming and cloud technologies designed for Stadia into other products, including YouTube and Google Play. “We remain deeply committed to gaming and will continue to invest in new tools, technologies and platforms that fuel the success of developers, industry partners, cloud customers and creators,” Harrison added.

More than The edge, there’s a nifty breakdown of all the times Google has committed to turning Stadia into a long-term sustainable business. However, it’s clear that gamers weren’t interested in Google’s attempts to make cloud-based gaming a reality. Stadia now joins hundreds of other projects in Google’s ever-growing graveyard, from Google Plus to Nest Secure.

Simply put, Google is not a game company, although it is very good at building websites and cloud infrastructure on a global scale. He failed in his attempts to launch a game production studio to go with Stadia, despite being offered tons of resources, high salaries, and stability. It also never convinced third-party developers and studios that Stadia was a go-to platform for game development.

However, the rest of the video game industry is still going strong, with major studios earning billions of dollars a year from top-selling games. According to Lightcast (formerly Emsi Burning Glass), which collects and analyzes millions of job postings across the country, video game designers earn a median annual salary of $85,943 per year, and those over nine years of experience can easily gain six years. quantify salaries. Meanwhile, Glassdoor is raising game designer salaries to $117,191 a year.

That’s not to say the video game industry is without controversy. For years, game designers have complained about relatively low pay, long hours, and the dreaded “critical time.” But to their credit, at least some studios are seriously trying to address these issues. For game designers, the industry offers plenty of opportunities to stand out, but they won’t do it with Stadia.

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