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Google Stadia vice president and general manager Phil Harrison praised the company's first-party studios for making "great progress," before shutting them down a few days later.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

February 17, 2021

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Google Stadia vice president and general manager Phil Harrison praised the company's first-party studios for making "great progress," before shutting them down a few days later.

That's according to a new report from Kotaku, which has obtained an email sent by Harrison to Stadia development teams on January 27 -- five days before Google announced plans to pivot away from internal game development on February 1.

"[Stadia Games and Entertainment] (SG&E) has made great progress building a diverse and talented team and establishing a strong lineup of Stadia exclusive games," reads Harrison's email. "We will confirm the SG&E investment envelope shortly, which will, in turn, inform the SG&E strategy and 2021 [objectives and key results]."

The email would have landed in the inbox of staff members less than a week before Google announced it would be winding down SG&E focus on "Stadia's future as a platform," explaining it would be looking to work with third-party developers and publishers rather than investing in its own titles.

Ultimately, it's a receipt that suggests Google's handling of the situation was messy at best, and backs up an earlier report from Kotaku that claims Stadia devs found out about the closure at the very last minute.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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