Briefing

Google’s Stadia acquires Montreal’s Typhoon Studios

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It’s the California cloud gaming firm’s first investment, and comes as Typhoon gets ready to release its first title, the space exploration game Journey to the Savage Planet, in January. Terms were not disclosed. (La Presse, The Verge)

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Talking point: Stadia launched in beta state in November, and had announced that Montreal would be the site of its first content studio, which will be overseen by longtime Ubisoft producer Sébastien Puel. Jade Raymond, the Quebec native who heads Stadia’s original gaming content division, has previously said Google had “a spectrum of bets” in the space, including initial plans to build out “a few different first-party studios.” Typhoon co-founder Reid Schneider told La Presse Google was likely convinced to acquire his firm by the fact they “built a great team, a small team that can get exciting results and develop good chemistry.” Both the Typhoon acquisition and the choice of Montreal as the site for Stadia’s content studio, which the Typhoon team will be joining, add more fuel to Montreal’s burgeoning gaming sector; 2K made its entrance just last week.