Google distances itself from claims that streamers should pay publishers for broadcasting games

Google distances itself from claims that streamers should pay publishers for broadcasting games

Google distances itself from claims that streamers should pay publishers for broadcasting games

Following the public statements of a Stadia developer, Alex Hutchinson, Google has had to distance itself from the idea that game streamers should be paying game developers and publishers when they stream their games. 

Alex Hutchinson, the Creative Director of  Stadia Games and Entertainment Montreal, recently tweeted that “streamers should be paying the developers and publishers of the games they stream”. This comment became widely retweeted and quoted, causing “Stadia” to trend worldwide. Since this tweet, Hutchinson updated his Twitter profile to state that “all opinions are my own”. Previously, his Twitter profile also listed his job title as “Creative Director at Google Stadia”.

Since then, Google has issued the following statement, saying that this opinion doesn’t reflect that of Google, YouTube or Stadia.  

  

The recent tweets by Alex Hutchinson, creative director at the Montreal Studio of Stadia Games and Entertainment, do not reflect those of Stadia, YouTube or Google.

Google distances itself from claims that streamers should pay publishers for broadcasting games  

Hutchinson’s opinions are unpopular, as streamers are often seen as free marketing for video games. Streaming a game can result in increased sales, with the recent success of titles like Among Us and Fall Guys acting as proof of this. 

Google’s Stadia games platform contains built-in game streaming features, such as the ability to stream your games to YouTube. Ironically, Hutchinson works for one of the gaming industry’s strongest supporters of game streaming. Google’s support for streaming is second only to that of Amazon, the owners of Twitch.  

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Google distances itself from claims that streamers should pay publishers for broadcasting games