Alphabet CEO Sunder Pichai on stage at the 2019 Game Developers Conference, where Google announced its Stadia project.
  • After less than 2 years, Google is closing its video game development studio Stadia Games & Entertainment.
  • Jade Raymond, who helped create the "Assassin's Creed" franchise, was leading the project. She is leaving Google.
  • Google said it will continue to support its gaming platform, Google Stadia.
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Google is ending an ambitious project to create large-scale video games as part of its ongoing Google Stadia video game platform, the company announced on Monday.

Google's Stadia Games & Entertainment division, headed up by game industry veteran Jade Raymond, is shuttering. Raymond will also leave the company.

"We've decided that we will not be investing further in bringing exclusive content from our internal development team SG&E, beyond any near-term planned games," Google said in a blog post. "With the increased focus on using our technology platform for industry partners, Jade Raymond has decided to leave Google to pursue other opportunities."

It's unclear if any layoffs are planned for Google's internal game development studio, but Google said "most" of that team "will be moving on to new roles."


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