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Google Backs Slowly Away From Stadia Guy's Very Bad Tweet

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Earlier today Alex Hutchinson, creative director at Typhoon Studios (bought by Google last year to make Stadia games), made a tweet suggesting that Twitch and YouTube users should be “paying the developers and publishers” of the games they stream.

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It blew up, and the reaction went about as well as you’d expect.

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It’s a Very Bad Tweet, and he was rightly roasted for it. What’s funny here, beyond the replies, is that the tweet was so bad Google had to issue a statement disowning it.

In a statement issued to 9to5Google, a company rep said, “The recent tweets by Alex Hutchinson, creative director at the Montreal Studio of Stadia Games and Entertainment, do not reflect those of Stadia, YouTube or Google.”

Shortly afterwards, YouTube Gaming’s Ryan Watt also tweeted this:

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Remember: if in doubt, never tweet.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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DISCUSSION

I think I’m sorta on the side of the bad hot take. Or I can at least see the reasoning.

What other pieces of media can someone simply stream themselves enjoying without paying a license. If people are really there to see the streamer, then just don’t let streamers have the game feed as more than 80% of the screen or something. Want to stream a larger portion of the game, then you pay a fee. Just spit balling here, don’t really expect anything like this to happen, just imagining how it could.