Today we have for you, Google Stadia screw ups. Served two ways. The first preparation is from chef (author, is this joke getting too old already?) Jason Schreier at Bloomberg. The second is from chef Cecilia D’Anastasio at Wired. They tell a collective tale that we already know some parts of. Google Stadia’s general underperformance since hitting the market in November 2019, and the closing of their own first party studios created at the company after less than two years seem to be just the start. It seems that Google paid tens of millions of dollars to have popular third party franchises such as Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed and Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 ported over to Stadia. A bold move that showed a clear intent on challenging the existing console kings in the market. There appears to be even more that Google struggled with in games, and you can read both of the articles above to find out all about it.
There will not be a live E3 in 2021. I bet a good portion of people just said to themselves “no duh,” and you’re…not wrong. But hey, it’s official now which means its news. In a new report published by the Board of Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Commission, a sales update lists E3 2021 as a “cancelled live event”. We already knew that E3 was looking into expanding their digital showcase for this year in a variety of ways. They are looking to build a core experience even without a show floor. Now the question remains as to whether game companies will back E3 in their digital initiatives, because E3 isn’t anything without the games. Andy Robinson at VideoGamesChronicle has the full story.