Phil Harrison, vice president of Google and former head of Stadia, has confirmed he has left the company. Two employees familiar with the matter said Harrison quietly left Google around the time the company shut down the short-lived game streaming service after it failed to gain traction in a competitive gaming market. His LinkedIn profile has been updated to say he ended his time with the search engine giant this month.
Stadia appeared promising, however, in the end, it was a failure. It launched in a state that felt like a beta and by no means gained a lot of traction. After simply 14 months, the corporate shut down its personal in-house Stadia growth studios and moved into providing a white-labeled service. In September, the corporate introduced that it might be shutting Stadia down entirely.
Google didn’t instantly reply to a request for a remark. Harrison’s LinkedIn says he served as a Google VP from January 2018 till April 2023. His Twitter account says he’s nonetheless at Google, although he hasn’t posted a tweet since April 2020, so I wouldn’t put a lot of inventory in that.