Google Reportedly Paid Tens of Millions of Dollars for Stadia Ports

Google attempted to get into the video game market with its streaming service, Stadia, however, it recently closed its first-party studios after the service didn’t become as popular as Google was hoping.

Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier recently discussed some of the reasons why the service failed. He provided three key reasons. One was missing the sales targets by hundreds of thousands, and another was trying to take on consoles right from the smart instead of starting out small and building its way up.

The third reason is reportedly how much Google spent to get ports of some of the bigger AAA titles on Google Stadia. He said Google spent tens of millions of dollars per port.

"Pay $20 million to Ubisoft to port Assassin’s Creed and The Division, or pay $1 million to 20 small developers to each build something cool, betting that at least one of them will be a hit like Stardew Valley or Valheim," said Schreier.

NEW from me on the failure of Google Stadia:

– Missed initial sales targets by hundreds of thousands
– Tried to take on consoles rather than starting small
– To bring in games like Red Dead, Google spent astronomical sums (tens of millions *each*)

Story: https://t.co/po1Epj6NMj

— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) February 26, 2021

Pay $20 million to Ubisoft to port Assassin’s Creed and The Division

or

Pay $1 million to 20 small developers to each build something cool, betting that at least one of them will be a hit like Stardew Valley or Valheim

¯_(ツ)_/¯

— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) February 26, 2021

A life-long and avid gamer, William D’Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let’s Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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