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Google acquires indie game developer Typhoon to bolster Stadia

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Image via Typhoon Studios
Google announced yesterday that it has acquired Typhoon, an independent game developer. Typhoon's first game, Journey to the Savage Planet, is due out January 28, 2020. While Google has not given much detail surrounding the acquisition, it's likely the search giant bought the studio to develop games for its ailing Stadia game streaming service.
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It’s no secret that Google’s Stadia game streaming service has largely fallen flat with gamers and critics alike. However, the search giant remains committed to making Stadia work. To that end, Google recently acquired an indie game studio to work with the Stadia team.

Typhoon, the studio behind the upcoming indie title Journey to the Savage Planet, will officially operate under Stadia Games and Entertainment, Google’s branch for Stadia. The acquisition, which was announced yesterday, will see the untested studio join the Stadia team in Montreal.

While Typhoon’s co-founders (Reid Schneider, Yassine Riahi, and Alex Hutchinson) have some experience in the gaming industry, the studio has yet to release a single title. Journey to the Savage Planet will be Typhoon’s first release when it lands on January 28, 2020. While there are no exact details on what Typhoon will be doing for or under Stadia, it’s possible Google bought the studio to develop exclusive titles for Stadia to attract new subscribers.

This acquisition is another step in what seems to be a growing trend of major data-oriented companies buying up companies in the gaming industry. Facebook recently announced its acquisition of PlayGiga, a Madrid-based startup that has helped telecoms build out gaming-as-a-service platforms to be used on 5G networks.

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I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2019-12-21 (Update: 2019-12-21)