Rumor: Google is working on its own game streaming platform

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 29 June 2018 18:37 GMT

Rumor has it Google wants a piece of the video game pie and is working on its own streaming platform.

Reports suggest Google is looking to build a piece of hardware with an emphasis on streaming games.

According to a report on Kotaku, multiple sources told the site Google had meetings with gaming companies at developers at GDC and E3 2018. During the meeting, the company discussed its ideas for a streaming platform.

The report also states Google is looking to partner with development studios on future projects, or possibly buy the companies outright.

Rumors of the platform, code-named Yeti, have been around since February when The Information first reported Google was looking to get into games (thanks, Nintendo Life).

Yeti would be able to play games requiring high PC specs on lower end hardware thanks to more potent computers doing the brunt of the work while players streamed games.

It should be noted, as the report states, Google could be testing the waters beforehand, and its possible nothing will come to pass. But it should also be noted the company hired veteran industry executive Phil Harrison not long ago (thanks, GI.biz).

Harrison previously held various executive positions at Sony from 1992 to 2008, and in 2009 he joined Infogrames Entertainment, the parent company of the Atari Group. He left his position on the Board of Directors the following year to join the advisory board at David Perry’s cloud gaming service Gaikai, which was bought by Sony. In 2012, Harrison joined Microsoft and left the company in 2015.

Take that how you like, but if Google is hiring a major gaming industry vet, surely it means something’s cooking on the stove.

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