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Stadia Savepoint: March updates

It’s time for another update to our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features and changes for Stadia.

In March, players took to the pitch in FIFA 21 and explored an open-world of a bizarre, over-the-top city in Saints Row: The Third Remastered. They raced high-octane cars in DIRT 5 and started their journey as a legendary hero in Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition. In addition to these March games available now on the Stadia store, subscribers to Stadia Pro played new titles like PixelJunk Raiders, AVICII Invector, PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle and Reigns — all on top of their existing library of Pro games.

State Share, the platform feature that’s only possible on Stadia, is now available in PixelJunk Raiders and gives players the ability to share gameplay clips and screenshots that create portals for friends to play their procedurally-generated levels. Available Only on Stadia, PixelJunk Raiders is an action adventure rogue-like that uses State Share in a unique way, allowing you to add new items and weapons to the levels that you share, changing future playthroughs for other players.

Pre-order Resident Evil Village Now + Free Stadia Premiere Edition
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Resident Evil Village launches worldwide on May 7, 2021, available to purchase and play instantly on Stadia.

This March, Stadia announced that the survival horror series Resident Evil would be making its way to players. Resident Evil 7 Gold Edition launched yesterday, April 1, on the Stadia store and is free to claim and play for Stadia Pro subscribers. In addition, pre-orders and purchases of Resident Evil Village before May 21 at midnight Pacific time get you a free Stadia Premiere Edition while supplies last (terms apply). You can find more information within the official announcement.


New free game

HITMAN - Free Starter Pack is free for all Stadia players to claim and play, no Stadia Pro necessary. Play select missions across the entire HITMAN - World of Assassination trilogy, with all challenges and State Share functionality enabled. Other free games on Stadia include Destiny 2, Super Bomberman R Online and Crayta: Starter Edition.


Stadia Pro updates

March content launches on Stadia:

New games coming to Stadia announced in March:

That’s all for March — we’ll be back next month to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for the latest news.



Stadia Savepoint: January and February updates

It’s time for another update to our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features and changes for Stadia.

So far in 2021, players have traveled the world over in the spy thriller HITMAN 3, and they’ve gone long for touchdown passes in Madden NFL 21. They’ve brawled in 16-bit action in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World™: The Game, and they’ve discovered the dark secrets of an ominous world in Little Nightmares II, available now in Stadia Pro. Subscribers to Stadia Pro also gained instant access to play new games like Hotline Miami, Figment and Enter the Gungeon on top of the existing library of Pro games available to play as soon as you sign up.

State Share launched in January — the newest platform feature available only on Stadia — and it lets you capture playable slices of supported games and share them with friends. It's as simple as taking a capture in-game and a game state will be automatically attached. Share the state via link to give friends the chance to try the same mission or custom level, beat your high score or experience new in-game content. Try it now across the entire HITMAN - World of Assassination trilogy as well as PixelJunk Raiders (play for free in Stadia Pro). State Share will be coming to more games soon.

Hitman 3 - Now available for purchase on the Stadia store.

Play a custom game state in HITMAN 3 with State Share by clicking here to play on Stadia. You’ll need to own HITMAN 3 to use this link.

If you haven’t already, try free games like February’s new Crayta: Starter Edition, which allows everyone on Stadia to create games, share them with friends and play community creations at the click of a link. Other free games on Stadia include Destiny 2 and Super Bomberman R Online!

More than 100 games are coming to the Stadia store in 2021, including FIFA 21 (March 17), Kaze and the Wild Masks (March 26), Outriders (April 1) and Judgment (April 23). We’re also looking forward to jumping into Far Cry 6, Riders Republic and First on Stadia games like Hello Engineer.

State Share now available

State Share, available in HITMAN 1, HITMAN 2, HITMAN 3 and PixelJunk Raiders, gives players the opportunity to share a playable slice of their games with others. (See more details on our support page.)

Native Stadia support for LG TVs

In the second half of 2021, select LG televisions will include built-in access to play on Stadia.

Stadia Pro updates

January and February content launches on Stadia:

New games coming to Stadia announced in January and February:

That’s all for January and February — we’ll be back next month to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for the latest news.

Focusing on Stadia’s future as a platform, and winding down SG&E

We launched Stadia with the goal of making your favorite games instantly available wherever you want to play them. With the recent successful launch of Cyberpunk 2077 on Stadia, gameplay on all types of devices, including iOS, growing our slate of YouTube integrations, and our global expansions, it’s clear that Stadia’s technology has been proven and works at scale. Having games streamed to any screen is the future of this industry, and we’ll continue to invest in Stadia and its underlying platform to provide the best cloud gaming experience for our partners and the gaming community. This has been the vision of Stadia since the beginning.

In 2021, we’re expanding our efforts to help game developers and publishers take advantage of our platform technology and deliver games directly to their players. We see an important opportunity to work with partners seeking a gaming solution all built on Stadia’s advanced technical infrastructure and platform tools. We believe this is the best path to building Stadia into a long-term, sustainable business that helps grow the industry.

Creating best-in-class games from the ground up takes many years and significant investment, and the cost is going up exponentially. Given our focus on building on the proven technology of Stadia as well as deepening our business partnerships, we’ve decided that we will not be investing further in bringing exclusive content from our internal development team SG&E, beyond any near-term planned games. With the increased focus on using our technology platform for industry partners, Jade Raymond has decided to leave Google to pursue other opportunities. We greatly appreciate Jade's contribution to Stadia and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors. Over the coming months, most of the SG&E team will be moving on to new roles. We’re committed to working with this talented team to find new roles and support them. 

What does this mean if you're a current or future Stadia gamer? You can continue playing all your games on Stadia and Stadia Pro, and we’ll continue to bring new titles from third parties to the platform. We’re committed to the future of cloud gaming, and will continue to do our part to drive this industry forward. Our goal remains focused on creating the best possible platform for gamers and technology for our partners, bringing these experiences to life for people everywhere.

Stadia Savepoint: December updates

It’s time for another update to our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features, and changes for Stadia in December.

Last month, the Stadia live hangout was hosted by YouTube creators Austin Creed and Katie Wilson and revealed new games and features for players to explore. That included the launches of Outcasters and Submerged: Hidden Depths from Stadia Games & Entertainment within Stadia Pro, as well as the publisher’s new partnership with Thunderful Games. The showcase of Crowd Play beta within Super Bomberman R Online and Dead by Daylight demonstrated how live stream viewers can play alongside creators through YouTube. With the launch of Immortals Fenyx Rising, as well as Super Bomberman R Online becoming free for all players on Stadia, it was a December to remember.

Cyberpunk 2077 now available on Stadia.

Cyberpunk 2077 is now available for purchase on the Stadia store.

Let’s not forget Cyberpunk 2077, the long-awaited action role-playing game that launched December 10. With Stadia, players jumped instantly into Night City, without having to wait for patches or downloads. Plus, our Cyberpunk 2077 promotion helped bring the adventure to more TVs with a free Stadia Premiere Edition.

December also brought the Ubisoft+ beta to US players, allowing players to link their Ubisoft+ accounts and play their favorite Ubisoft games on Stadia—no Stadia Pro required. Support for more regions is coming next year!


Crowd Play beta

With Crowd Play beta, YouTube live stream viewers have the chance to jump into the Stadia game they’re watching and play alongside the Creator.


Stream directly to YouTube

Live stream your gameplay and voice within game chat directly through Stadia to your YouTube channel. Learn how to get started.


Play Stadia on iOS

Play Stadia games on your iPhone or iPad within our public iOS test by signing in to Stadia.com on your Safari iOS browser and adding the Stadia web shortcut to your home screen (more details).


Stadia available now in eight new European countries

Now, more players in Austria, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and Switzerland can play games on Stadia just by signing up on Stadia.com.


New homepage on web

The refreshed look of the Stadia Home page makes games easier to find, purchase or claim, or play.


Stadia Pro updates

December content launches on Stadia

New games coming to Stadia announced in December

That’s all for December—we’ll be back soon to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for the latest news.

Stadia arrives in eight new European countries

We created Stadia to make great games more accessible. You don’t need to buy new hardware because Stadia works with the things you already own: laptops, desktops, compatible phones and tablets, and popular game controllers. And Stadia works instantly, without waiting for your games to download or update.


Now millions more people can play games on Stadia as it becomes available in eight new European countries. If you’re in Austria, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia or Switzerland, you can easily sign up at Stadia.com. Access to Stadia in all these countries rolls out over the next 24 hours. Stadia now works for anyone with a Gmail address in 22 countries: Once you’ve registered, you can play Destiny 2 and Super Bomberman R Online for free immediately. 


All new Stadia users can also get one free month of Stadia Pro, our premium subscription service that includes a ton of free games just waiting for you to grab and start playing. Every game you claim on Stadia Pro is yours as long as you remain a member, and more new free games are added every month. You can continue your Stadia Pro subscription for €9.99 a month and you can opt out at any time.


And you can buy even more games in the Stadia store. Whether you’re waiting to walk the streets of Night City in Cyberpunk 2077, or become a legendary Viking warrior raised on tales of battle and glory in Assassin's Creed Valhalla, there’s something for everyone.


Subscribe to Stadia’s YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more updates. See you on Stadia!

Stadia Savepoint: November updates

It’s time for another update to our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features, and changes for Stadia in November.

The month marked one year since Stadia launched. In the past year, we’ve quadrupled our library on the Stadia store and significantly increased the number of free games offered in Stadia Pro. In addition, we’ve introduced new ways to play like the ongoing exclusive demo of Immortals Fenyx Rising or Crowd Choice in Baldur’s Gate 3 and Dead by Daylight on YouTube. Our anniversary brought a new promotion for Cyberpunk 2077 with a free Stadia Premiere Edition, plus Destiny 2 arriving free for all Stadia players with Click to Play.

To top it all off, we announced that in the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out the first phase of iOS support to play Stadia games. The future of Stadia also holds an expansion to more countries in Europe, and the first full implementation of State Share in Hitman 3.

November was a huge month for games on Stadia, with players conquering a massive open-world in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, taking on 63 other players in PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle, and mastering their Jedi training in Star Wars™ Jedi: Fallen Order. All of these games, plus many others that arrived this month, are now available for purchase on the Stadia store. For players that are subscribed to Stadia Pro, they received instant access to a library of more than 30 games in November, with even more available on December 1.


Family Sharing

Share games that you’ve purchased on the Stadia store (or claimed within Stadia Pro) with your Google family. Learn more in our Help Center article.


Messaging on Stadia

Players can now message their friends to coordinate, cooperate and celebrate. Or use smart replies for quick responses when using a gamepad. Learn more in our Help Center article.


Capture sharing and audio improvements

Share your in-game screenshots and video captures on mobile and web by generating links. Plus, your own voice within game chat is now recorded in video captures.


Stadia profile enhancements

The Stadia profile now includes information such as game activity and a friends list, plus shortcuts for quick actions like adding players as a friend.


Stadia Pro updates

November content launches on Stadia

New games coming to Stadia announced in November

  • Chronos: Before the Ashes
  • Everspace
  • Into the Breach
  • Secret Neighbor

That’s all for November—we’ll be back soon to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for the latest news.

Stadia Savepoint: November updates

It’s time for another update to our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features, and changes for Stadia in November.

The month marked one year since Stadia launched. In the past year, we’ve quadrupled our library on the Stadia store and significantly increased the number of free games offered in Stadia Pro. In addition, we’ve introduced new ways to play like the ongoing exclusive demo of Immortals Fenyx Rising or Crowd Choice in Baldur’s Gate 3 and Dead by Daylight on YouTube. Our anniversary brought a new promotion for Cyberpunk 2077 with a free Stadia Premiere Edition, plus Destiny 2 arriving free for all Stadia players with Click to Play.

To top it all off, we announced that in the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out the first phase of iOS support to play Stadia games. The future of Stadia also holds an expansion to more countries in Europe, and the first full implementation of State Share in Hitman 3.

November was a huge month for games on Stadia, with players conquering a massive open-world in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, taking on 63 other players in PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle, and mastering their Jedi training in Star Wars™ Jedi: Fallen Order. All of these games, plus many others that arrived this month, are now available for purchase on the Stadia store. For players that are subscribed to Stadia Pro, they received instant access to a library of more than 30 games in November, with even more available on December 1.


Family Sharing

Share games that you’ve purchased on the Stadia store (or claimed within Stadia Pro) with your Google family. Learn more in our Help Center article.


Messaging on Stadia

Players can now message their friends to coordinate, cooperate and celebrate. Or use smart replies for quick responses when using a gamepad. Learn more in our Help Center article.


Capture sharing and audio improvements

Share your in-game screenshots and video captures on mobile and web by generating links. Plus, your own voice within game chat is now recorded in video captures.


Stadia profile enhancements

The Stadia profile now includes information such as game activity and a friends list, plus shortcuts for quick actions like adding players as a friend.


Stadia Pro updates

November content launches on Stadia

New games coming to Stadia announced in November

  • Chronos: Before the Ashes
  • Everspace
  • Into the Breach
  • Secret Neighbor

That’s all for November—we’ll be back soon to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for the latest news.

Our scholarship to support women in gaming

An interactive experience that puts you in the shoes of a first responder. A multiplayer game that adjusts itself according to each players’ capabilities. A drone exploration passion project. These are just a few of the projects created over the past year by recipients of Google’s  scholarship for women in gaming.

In addition to my core role as a Partner Manager for the Stadia Global Partnerships team, I’m equally proud to lead my group’s scholarship efforts in collaboration with Google’s central scholarship and student development team. 

Google is committed to advancing gender equity in technology, and this year Google’s gaming platform, Stadia, has sponsored the Generation Google Scholarship: for women in gaming (formerly the Women Techmakers Scholarship for gaming). Stadia’s sponsorship broadens the scope of this award. The program now includes students studying video game programming, game engineering, game design and development, games user research or a closely related field in gaming.

Applications for the 2021 scholarship are open now through Dec. 4, 2020 in North America as well as inEurope, the Middle East and Africa. To learn more about who is eligible and how to apply for the Generation Google Scholarship: for the women in gaming program, and for information on all our global programs, please visit our website

We asked a few of the inaugural 2020 scholarship recipients to share a bit about what the scholarship has meant to them and what they’ve been working on since receiving their award this summer. Here’s what they said:

Image showing a young woman looking into the camera smiling. She has long brown hair and she's wearing a pink shirt and shorts. She's standing on a beach, in the sand, there is blue sky behind her.

Francesca Palamara

University of Southern California, MFA in Interactive Media and Game Design
Favorite game: "Life Is Strange" 

This scholarship has meant everything to me. It meant I was able to pursue my academic and professional goals stress-free. I’ve met a wonderful group of like-minded scholars, and found a supportive network across creative technology and games. Without the scholarship, I wouldn’t be able to pursue my thesis and internship as successfully, and I am extremely grateful.

Right now I am interning at Jam City as a Game Production Intern and working on completing my MFA thesis. My thesis is a case study that examines the overlooked mental and physical exhaustion of first responders. It’s a 10-15 minute 2D interactive experience that places players in the role of Alma, a Cuban nurse working at South Florida's Children’s Hospital. This project means a lot to me because I hope to humanize the reality of first responders’ every day experiences in both pandemic and non-pandemic times and shed light on an often overlooked sacrifice.  

Image shows a young woman taking a selfie; she's looking into the camera and smiling. She has dark hark and glasses and is wearing a shirt with flowers on it.

Bex Ruvalcaba

Parsons School of Design/The New School, Dual-degree in BFA Design and Technology and BA Screen Studies
Favorite games: "Dig Dug," "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild"

Receiving this scholarship made it so I could fully finish my coursework for my dual-degree with confidence! Being in a five-year program does mean I have to pay for one more year of university than many of my undergraduate peers, so being able to have the funds for tuition and technology fees has been a weight off my back.

Lately I’ve been planning out a drone exploration game. There are a few technical skills I would like to gain through creating this game, like learning more about saving images in-game, but since it’s a passion project there isn't a lot of pressure on everything being perfect. I’m also currently interning at Gabb Global alongside my coursework where I’m helping the team create mobile language learning games for a new app they’re launching soon.  I’m passionate about creating systems of play both in physical and virtual form, and hope to be creating fun, interactive exhibits in the near future.

Image shows a young woman with brown hair wearing a brown coat, looking into the camera and smiling. She's standing against a window to a building that says "Dalhousie University, department of Computer Science."

Tabea Marzlin 

Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Computer Science, Certificate in Graphics, Gaming, and Media
Favorite game: "The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess"

This scholarship enabled me to focus entirely on my education. I was able to invest in new technical equipment to work on games from home efficiently, too. Most importantly, the many incredible women I  met through the scholarship have been a huge inspiration and source of friendship. We’ve bonded over video calls, sharing helpful industry advice, and having casual game nights together.

Currently, I’m studying online full-time, taking courses to further my game development knowledge in areas related to computer graphics, animation, and digital media. I successfully completed an internship as a Tools Programmer for Ubisoft Halifax over the summer, and look forward to returning to the studio for another work term next year. I believe games can push our technical and artistic limits, and tell new types of stories people can connect with. I want to use my knowledge and creativity to help shape the next generation of games as a lead programmer on a meaningful project.

Image shows a young woman wearing black, looking into the camera with her head slightly tilted, slightly smiling. She has long dark hair.

Miri Nudelman

Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, MDes, Video Game Design and Development
Favorite game: "Portal"

It’s been an incredible opportunity to meet (virtually) other like-minded influential women who take initiative to increase the number of women in tech and in gaming. The scholarship also allows me to pay for my master’s degree and to take extra courses outside the required curriculum.

Currently I work as a data developer at a gaming company. I'm also working on a multiplayer game that focuses on inclusive gameplay. The game collects data about the players' skill while they play. It analyzes this and adjusts the difficulty during the game for each player individually. This way everyone can play together no matter how skilled each player is. We all learn from playing. Even if the game doesn't aim to be educational,  it still teaches you something (a new mechanic for example), and that's what makes it fun.

Image shows a young woman with long red hair and glasses looking over her shoulder and smiling at the camera. She's wearing a graduation cap and gown and standing in front of a wall of flowers.

Adriana Mallary

Brunel University London, PhD in Games Research
Favorite game: "Dragon Age: Origins"

 This scholarship  made it possible to research and pursue my dreams. It has given me access to VR, which allows me to program prototypes and test them at home. It  also supported the overall funding of my degree. Most importantly, however, is that it gave me access to the Google community.

I’m currently beginning my research journey for my PhD, so I’ve been exploring a number of topics. My primary focus is how the design of VR games can meet our psychological needs. As of now, I’m focusing on embodiment in games, embodied cognition, engagement and mechanics in VR, natural interaction/interaction design, and emotional design. I want to understand how and why certain player affordances in VR can affect our own psychology, which will hopefully make designing effective and impactful VR interactions easier for the industry in the future.

Our scholarship to support women in gaming

An interactive experience that puts you in the shoes of a first responder. A multiplayer game that adjusts itself according to each players’ capabilities. A drone exploration passion project. These are just a few of the projects created over the past year by recipients of Google’s  scholarship for women in gaming.

In addition to my core role as a Partner Manager for the Stadia Global Partnerships team, I’m equally proud to lead my group’s scholarship efforts in collaboration with Google’s central scholarship and student development team. 

Google is committed to advancing gender equity in technology, and this year Google’s gaming platform, Stadia, has sponsored the Generation Google Scholarship: for women in gaming (formerly the Women Techmakers Scholarship for gaming). Stadia’s sponsorship broadens the scope of this award. The program now includes students studying video game programming, game engineering, game design and development, games user research or a closely related field in gaming.

Applications for the 2021 scholarship are open now through Dec. 4, 2020 in North America as well as inEurope, the Middle East and Africa. To learn more about who is eligible and how to apply for the Generation Google Scholarship: for the women in gaming program, and for information on all our global programs, please visit our website

We asked a few of the inaugural 2020 scholarship recipients to share a bit about what the scholarship has meant to them and what they’ve been working on since receiving their award this summer. Here’s what they said:

Image showing a young woman looking into the camera smiling. She has long brown hair and she's wearing a pink shirt and shorts. She's standing on a beach, in the sand, there is blue sky behind her.

Francesca Palamara

University of Southern California, MFA in Interactive Media and Game Design
Favorite game: "Life Is Strange" 

This scholarship has meant everything to me. It meant I was able to pursue my academic and professional goals stress-free. I’ve met a wonderful group of like-minded scholars, and found a supportive network across creative technology and games. Without the scholarship, I wouldn’t be able to pursue my thesis and internship as successfully, and I am extremely grateful.

Right now I am interning at Jam City as a Game Production Intern and working on completing my MFA thesis. My thesis is a case study that examines the overlooked mental and physical exhaustion of first responders. It’s a 10-15 minute 2D interactive experience that places players in the role of Alma, a Cuban nurse working at South Florida's Children’s Hospital. This project means a lot to me because I hope to humanize the reality of first responders’ every day experiences in both pandemic and non-pandemic times and shed light on an often overlooked sacrifice.  

Image shows a young woman taking a selfie; she's looking into the camera and smiling. She has dark hark and glasses and is wearing a shirt with flowers on it.

Bex Ruvalcaba

Parsons School of Design/The New School, Dual-degree in BFA Design and Technology and BA Screen Studies
Favorite games: "Dig Dug," "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild"

Receiving this scholarship made it so I could fully finish my coursework for my dual-degree with confidence! Being in a five-year program does mean I have to pay for one more year of university than many of my undergraduate peers, so being able to have the funds for tuition and technology fees has been a weight off my back.

Lately I’ve been planning out a drone exploration game. There are a few technical skills I would like to gain through creating this game, like learning more about saving images in-game, but since it’s a passion project there isn't a lot of pressure on everything being perfect. I’m also currently interning at Gabb Global alongside my coursework where I’m helping the team create mobile language learning games for a new app they’re launching soon.  I’m passionate about creating systems of play both in physical and virtual form, and hope to be creating fun, interactive exhibits in the near future.

Image shows a young woman with brown hair wearing a brown coat, looking into the camera and smiling. She's standing against a window to a building that says "Dalhousie University, department of Computer Science."

Tabea Marzlin 

Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Computer Science, Certificate in Graphics, Gaming, and Media
Favorite game: "The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess"

This scholarship enabled me to focus entirely on my education. I was able to invest in new technical equipment to work on games from home efficiently, too. Most importantly, the many incredible women I  met through the scholarship have been a huge inspiration and source of friendship. We’ve bonded over video calls, sharing helpful industry advice, and having casual game nights together.

Currently, I’m studying online full-time, taking courses to further my game development knowledge in areas related to computer graphics, animation, and digital media. I successfully completed an internship as a Tools Programmer for Ubisoft Halifax over the summer, and look forward to returning to the studio for another work term next year. I believe games can push our technical and artistic limits, and tell new types of stories people can connect with. I want to use my knowledge and creativity to help shape the next generation of games as a lead programmer on a meaningful project.

Image shows a young woman wearing black, looking into the camera with her head slightly tilted, slightly smiling. She has long dark hair.

Miri Nudelman

Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, MDes, Video Game Design and Development
Favorite game: "Portal"

It’s been an incredible opportunity to meet (virtually) other like-minded influential women who take initiative to increase the number of women in tech and in gaming. The scholarship also allows me to pay for my master’s degree and to take extra courses outside the required curriculum.

Currently I work as a data developer at a gaming company. I'm also working on a multiplayer game that focuses on inclusive gameplay. The game collects data about the players' skill while they play. It analyzes this and adjusts the difficulty during the game for each player individually. This way everyone can play together no matter how skilled each player is. We all learn from playing. Even if the game doesn't aim to be educational,  it still teaches you something (a new mechanic for example), and that's what makes it fun.

Image shows a young woman with long red hair and glasses looking over her shoulder and smiling at the camera. She's wearing a graduation cap and gown and standing in front of a wall of flowers.

Adriana Mallary

Brunel University London, PhD in Games Research
Favorite game: "Dragon Age: Origins"

 This scholarship  made it possible to research and pursue my dreams. It has given me access to VR, which allows me to program prototypes and test them at home. It  also supported the overall funding of my degree. Most importantly, however, is that it gave me access to the Google community.

I’m currently beginning my research journey for my PhD, so I’ve been exploring a number of topics. My primary focus is how the design of VR games can meet our psychological needs. As of now, I’m focusing on embodiment in games, embodied cognition, engagement and mechanics in VR, natural interaction/interaction design, and emotional design. I want to understand how and why certain player affordances in VR can affect our own psychology, which will hopefully make designing effective and impactful VR interactions easier for the industry in the future.

Stadia Savepoint: October updates

It’s time for another update to our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features, and changes for Stadia in October.

This month we celebrated some Good Stuff on Stadia, teaming up with YouTube Creators Lamarr Wilson and LaurenZside who revealed free and exclusive week-long demos for PAC-MAN™ Mega Tunnel Battle and Immortals Fenyx Rising, plus an OpenDev Beta for HUMANKIND. We can’t wait for these amazing games to launch on Stadia, starting with PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle on November 17. Over three days we also revealed new games and content coming to Stadia including the Drastic Steps expansion for Orcs Must Die! 3 (Nov. 6), Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Nov. 24), ARK: Survival Evolved (early 2021), Hello Engineer (2021), Young Souls (2021), and Phoenix Point (2021).

Throughout October, players explored a Dungeons & Dragons adventure in Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access, fought against a surveillance state in Watch Dogs: Legion, and carved their path to vengeance in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. All of these games, plus many others that arrived this month, are now available for purchase on the Stadia store. For players that are subscribed to Stadia Pro, they received instant access to a library of 29 games in October, with even more available on November 1.

Stadia Games Available Now and Coming Soon

Crowd Choice now available

Crowd Choice, available in Baldur’s Gate 3 and Dead by Daylight, changes how games unfold when live streaming on YouTube. Viewers have the power to vote on decisions made by the player in each game.

Play Stadia with mobile data

Mobile data gameplay has graduated from Experiments and is now a fully supported feature on Stadia to play games using 4G and 5G. Data usage may use up to 2.7GB/hr. Gameplay is service-, network-, and connection-dependent, and this feature may not be available in all areas.

Referral rewards for friends and family

Refer someone for a free trial of Stadia Pro and they’ll get an extra free month of games. Plus, if they subscribe after their trial is up, you’ll get an extra free month of Stadia Pro as well. Terms apply.

Push notifications on mobile

Receive notifications in the Stadia app on Android and iOS devices about Stadia Pro games, incoming friend requests, and more.

Stadia Pro updates

October content launches on Stadia

New games coming to Stadia announced this month

That’s all for October—we’ll be back soon to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.