“This concern — that Google might just give up on Stadia at some point and kill the service… was repeatedly brought up, unprompted, by every person we spoke with for this piece.”

Notably the only real media distribution platform Google has successfully sustained is YouTube, which A) wasn’t started by Google and B) was initially sustained by amateur videos before being monopolized by professional content creators.

A is something they cant change and B is something you cant really recreate with videogames, unless they literally cloned which they won’t because 1) already exists and 2) they’re so chronically shortsighted they’ll shut it down anyway when it doesn’t make money within 2 seconds.

Google, in its behemoth state, seems to have lost any understanding of how to build network effects (if they had any understanding to begin with) and thinks they can just buy a userbase with their huge wallet.