Google Reportedly Paid Tens of Millions For Stadia Ports

Red Dead Redemption 2, The Division, and others cost as much as developing new games.

According to a report from Bloomberg, Google’s Stadia initiative spent tens of millions of dollars on multiple third-party ports each in an effort to bring more games onto the streaming platform.

The report from Bloomberg details the extent to which Google Stadia failed to catch on with the mass audience, missing the targets for hardware like controllers and Chromecasts by hundreds of thousands. A few months before Stadia announced the cessation of internal development, Google revealed that their newest Chromecast would not officially support the Stadia for several months. At the moment, it still doesn’t.

Stadia emphasized software heavily, focusing on getting big titles likeĀ Red Dead Redemption 2 andĀ The Division to the service, the report states. These games required an “astronomical” investment from Google, costing as much as some AAA games on their own. Bloomberg also indicated that developers making original content were excited about what Stadia could offer them, provided Google kept offering them appropriate resources. That no longer appears to be the case.

[Source: Bloomberg]