Google Stadia’s VP and product head has left the corporate
Stadia vice-president and product head John Justice has left Google, following the closure of Stadia’s inner studios and the departure of Stadia Video games head Jade Raymond earlier this 12 months.
Justice’s departure was reported by The Data earlier this week. Whereas he is but to formally announce the information himself, Google confirmed the VP’s exist in a press release, telling 9to5google: “We will affirm John is now not with Google, and we want him effectively on his subsequent step”.
It was solely six months in the past that Justice appeared bullish about Stadia’s future. In an interview with The Escapist, he talked of Google’s plans to proceed creating “increasingly more in-house video games”. Simply three months after that, nevertheless, and people guarantees would come to nothing—Stadia’s inner studios shuttered, with just one first-party sport ever seeing the sunshine of day (even when it technically got here to PC a 12 months earlier).
The closure infamously additionally adopted Phil Harrison telling Stadia staff that progress was going nice, 5 days earlier than layoffs started. Harrison later wrote in an official weblog put up that Stadia can be shifting away from a storefront / subscription service, and in direction of a expertise Google can license out to publishers and builders.