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Yesterday wasn’t a great day for Google. The company’s earning disappointed its investors as the revenue in the first quarter of 2019 was below what’s expected. This was primarily due to the fall in Ad revenues.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai, however, isn’t that much affected by the result and is genuinely excited about the company’s next big thing, Stadia. When asked about the company’s cloud-based gaming platform during the post-Q1 earnings call yesterday, he said that there is genuine excitement among publishers for Stadia and that the experience will completely win people over.
I think we see genuine excitement because, I think, they see the opportunity for a shift, a point of inflection, but they realized the technical challenge of pulling something like this off. And so, but once they get their hands on with the technology and then they see the experience, I think, completely wins people over.
And so we are having conversations across the Board and I think people are definitely engaging in a very committed way and they are investing in it and so it’s up to us to bring it all together and have a compelling service later this year and that’s what the team has had done working on.
But I think they want to see our commitment, which is what we demonstrate and they are working hard to make the investments on their side. And so it’s a big joint effort and it’s working well.
Those unaware, Stadia marks Google’s first attempt into the gaming industry. But unlike what’s out there, Stadia is cloud-based, eliminating the need to buy expensive consoles to play high-end games. Google’s data center will do all the heavy lifting here. Meanwhile, the end users will have to just click on links embedded in YouTube videos and that’s about it.
The launch date of Stadia is yet to be confirmed but rumor has it that it might launch in the second half of this year in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Western Europe.
We are expecting Google to talk more about their cloud-based gaming platform at E3 where Microsoft is also expected to “go big.”