Google Stadia's Head Of Product Has Left The Company

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Vice President and Head of Product at Stadia, John Justice, who only joined Google in early 2019, has not just left his role at the streaming game platform but the company itself.

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The news was originally reported by The Information, and later confirmed by 9to5Google. It comes only a few weeks after Google made the decision to halt all internal game development at Stadia, and rely solely on third-party games that people can already buy and play elsewhere.

Google is a company that does a handful of things very, very well, then spends a ton of money fucking around failing on all kinds of other stuff. From RSS to Inbox to messaging apps to game development, the company has developed a reputation as one that is all too happy to abandon its products and services without mercy, and the timing and manner of Justice’s departure sure doesn’t bode well for Stadia avoiding the same fate.

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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This is weird to me in many ways.

Microsoft plowed through a couple gens of unprofitable Xbox. Could still be unprofitable. PSN was unprofitable for a long time, Sony is notorious for this, and probably still losing money on every PS5 sold. Nintendo has had their bad years and unprofitable systems.

Google hits one or a few presumed road block, promptly quits before getting any kind of foothold despite sitting on untold piles of money and proposing a whole architecture that is supposed to be cheaper and simpler for the developers, publishers, and Google itself?

I guess they had other more important things to do even though they rounded up a bunch of high profile execs to make sure Stadia was decent and hype the living fuck out of it?

My business knowledge is weak but I’m genuinely trying to understand.