Stadia vice president and head of product John Justice has left Google. Justice had joined the company in 2019 and was responsible for the consumer experience for Stadia.
“We can confirm John is no longer with Google and we wish him well on his next step,” Google told 9to5Google.
John Justice oversaw the consumer experience for Stadia and has previously talked about the future of Google Stadia. Following intense competition from Microsoft and Sony with the release of their most recent generation of video game consoles (and the establishment of other cloud-streaming platforms), Stadia began grasping at promotions and deals to convince new users to buy into the fantasy of Google Stadia cloud gaming. Back in February, Google announced it was shutting down the doors to its Stadia game studio, turning its back on a huge commitment to develop large-scale video games in-house.
Justice’s departure comes amid uncertainties at Google’s cloud-based gaming arm. Google earlier this year said it would no longer invest in the internal development of games for Stadia. The announcement had come as a surprise for Stadia developers as just a week before the announcement, Google Stadia VP and GM Phil Harrison had lauded the “great progress” the studios had made.