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Highlights from the Google for Games Developer Summit

This week, we hosted the Google for Games Developer Summit, a free digital event for game developers, publishers and advertisers to come together globally. Though we couldn’t meet in person, we’re grateful for the chance to share our latest solutions for developers to create immersive and memorable gaming experiences for players everywhere.

All keynotes and sessions from the summit are available on demand. Here are a few things we discussed during our keynote sessions:

Easier game development on Android

The new Android Game Development Kit can help make game development easier while Play as you download and the new Reach and devices data and insights tool can help get your games running on more screens and drive your launch success on Google Play.

Graphic illustration with Android logo, games controller, and user interface.

Get the most out of your games on Stadia 

Bringing games to Stadia is now even easier. We revealed new initiatives coming soon that will maximize the return on launching Stadia titles, including an affiliate marketing program, sharing monthly Stadia Pro subscription revenue with partners and an updated revenue share split for new transactional games launching under the new Stadia terms.

Drive lasting business revenue and growth with Ads

This past year, we have seen more people than ever play online games, which means there’s a growth opportunity to build a more sustainable games business. Get players back to your game while focusing on profitability with target return on ad spend (tROAS) bidding for App campaigns for engagement, or maximize revenue within your game by using AdMob bidding.
Interface screenshot of target return on ad spend (tROAS) bidding for App campaigns for engagement.

tROAS bidding for App campaigns for engagement in Google Ads

Bring your game to global audiences with Google Cloud

With flexible, scalable gaming solutions like Open Saves, Google Cloud helps you serve great gaming experiences all over the world so you and your players can focus on the fun.

As more people turn to games both for entertainment and for connecting with friends and family, we’re inspired by how the gaming community thrived this past year. That’s why we’re more committed than ever to help take your games to the next level.

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Stadia Savepoint: June updates

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

In June, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege launched with instant access to 5v5 PVP action in the latest North Star season, including support for cross-play and cross-progression with PC and Luna. Players also competed within Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game, which supports Crowd Play Beta. June also gave players the chance to experiment with building new creations in Hello Engineer First on Stadia in Early Access, which includes support for State Share.

GIF showcasing how State Share works within Hello Engineer

In addition, Stadia Pro subscribers enjoyed new games like the action-platformer Blue Fire or jumped into titles like The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, Chronos: Before the Ashes and MotoGP™20. Claiming these titles within the growing Pro library of 20+ games makes them easy to play instantly, as long as you’re a Pro subscriber. Plus, Stadia Pro offered free play weekends in PGA TOUR 2K21 and Borderlands 3, the latter of which now supports cross-play so you can party up and fight your way across Pandora.

Last month, the Ubisoft+ beta expanded to six new countries. Subscribers in Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland gained access to a growing library of Ubisoft titles playable on Stadia ($14.99 USD/€14.99 EUR per month, cancel anytime.) At the same time, Stadia revealed nine crowd-favorite games coming soon from the biggest Ubisoft series including Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry and Rayman.

A new promotion with AT&T gives US players six free months of Stadia Pro when they pick up a qualifying AT&T Fiber plan or 5G smartphone on an eligible AT&T unlimited wireless plan. For a limited time, AT&T customers who redeem this offer can purchase a Stadia Premiere Edition for 80% off at only $19.99 USD, while supplies last. More details here.

Stadia games being played on a TV through Chromecast with Google TV

On June 23, we launched the first version of Stadia on Chromecast with Google TV and other officially supported Android TV OS devices. For all other Android TV OS devices, players can opt into experimental support to play Stadia. (See more details on our support page.)

Stadia loading on Google with Chromecast TV, Android TV


Stadia on iOS

Stadia has left the experimental stage on iOS and now features the ability to optimize and adjust resolution within the Progressive Web App.

Stadia support for Chrome on Android

Play games on Stadia using Chrome on Android, with access to your profiles, gameplay captures and the Stadia store.

Sign in with multiple profiles for multiplayer gameplay

Sign-in with up to four Stadia profiles for gameplay on a single screen with support for local multiplayer. Currently supported in Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game.


Stadia Pro updates

June content launches on Stadia:

New games coming to Stadia announced in June:


That’s all for now — 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: May updates

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

In May, players summoned the courage to take on the terrors of Resident Evil Village and competed in freestyle events around the world in Street Power Football. It wasn’t all intense gameplay, though — Stadia players happily managed vineyards in Hundred Days - Winemaking Simulator.

In addition to these games available now on the Stadia store, subscribers to Stadia Pro played new titles like STAR WARS: Jedi Fallen Order, Trine 4 - The Nightmare Prince, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number and Floor Kids. Claiming these titles within the growing Pro library of 25+ games makes them easy to play instantly, as long as you’re a Pro subscriber!

We’re well on our way to adding more than 100 games to the Stadia store during 2021. In fact, during May we gave players a sneak peek at Super Animal Royale, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - The Official Video Game and Control Ultimate Edition. Plus, we’re looking forward to the launch of Ubisoft’s next entry in the Far Cry franchise with Far Cry 6 on Oct. 7, 2021!


Stadia Pro updates

May content launches on Stadia:

New games coming to Stadia announced in May:

That’s all for now — 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: April updates

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

In April, players took up detective work in Judgment as well as within The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark, solving everything from macabre mysteries to violent crimes. They protected countless treasures from intruders in Legend of Keepers: Career of a Dungeon Manager and breakdanced to the beat in Floor Kids.

In addition to these April games available now on the Stadia store, subscribers to Stadia Pro played new titles like Resident Evil 7 biohazard Gold Edition, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA and PIKUNIKU — which they can claim as long as they’re Pro subscribers. More games to add to their growing library on Stadia!

We announced 10 new games from Stadia Makers, the program created in partnership with Unity to support independent developers bringing creative and unique games to the Stadia store. That includes FORECLOSED from Merge Games, a narrative-driven cyberpunk action-adventure coming in summer 2021, and Figment 2: Creed Valley from Bedtime Digital Games, a puzzle adventure through the human mind coming in fall 2021.

Following the April 1 launch of Resident Evil 7 biohazard Gold Edition as a Stadia Pro title, all Stadia players can also now play up to 60 minutes of Resident Evil Village ahead of its release on May 7. This demo is only available to play until May 9 at 5 PM Pacific time, no Stadia subscription or payment required.


Subscribe to Ubisoft+ within Stadia

Ubisoft+ is now available for players to subscribe to directly within Stadia, giving subscribers instant access to an expanded library of their favorite Ubisoft titles. Only available in the U.S.

Search bar on web

Finding your favorite games and add-ons is much easier with a search bar on web.

Stadia library update

An updated user interface for your Stadia library makes it a breeze to keep track of all your claimed and purchased games.

Stadia Savepoint April 2021 - Search bar and Library page UI updates added

An update to Library functionality and a search bar on web is available now.

Stadia Pro updates

April content launches on Stadia:

New games coming to Stadia announced in April:

That’s all for April — 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: 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.