With a company as big as Google, people come and go often. Sometimes it even involves people in high-level positions or high-profile jobs. But when an executive from an already controversial division leaves, it’s hard not to notice. This may be the type of publicity that John Justice is receiving now, after Google confirmed his departure. After all, Justice is not only vice president of one of the biggest technology companies in the world, he is also the head of product for Stadia, the game streaming service that many now doubt will survive long.
Although it was not the first of its kind, Google jumping into the game streaming movement has definitely added a bit of credibility to this market. Unfortunately, Stadia’s problems were also reflected negatively in this market, with some doubting whether game streaming will remain a viable industry in the long run, not to mention profitable. This latest news may not directly affect opinions about game streaming, but it raises doubts about Stadia’s long-term chances.
John Justice was responsible for the consumer experience at Stadia, practically the man who talked about things that excited Stadia users. Google eventually curbed its forward-looking teasers after it was burned for overpromising and underdelivering. Going in the completely opposite direction, he now talks about these features only after they have been available for days or even weeks.
Justice’s departure is probably not catastrophic for Stadia, but neither is it an encouraging picture. This happened two months after Google closed its game development studio Stadia, which has already raised doubts about whether Google would be in this for a long time. This news, which has been confirmed for 9to5Google, also does Stadia no favors.
That said, it’s not like Stadia is stagnating and regularly adds new titles to its digital shelf. It also continues to improve the experience, even though the new features it adds are basic things you’ve been expecting from day one. On the other hand, Google is also famous for shutting down apps and services that it actively maintains, regardless of how many people pay for them.