On Thursday evening, the statements by Alex Hutchinson on Twitter caused a lot of discussions on the Internet, which have now even forced Google to react. Hutchinson is currently the Creative Director at the Stadia development studio in Montreal. His statement stated that streamers should pay developers and publishers to broadcast their games on the platforms. As a comparison, Hutchinson cites the music industry, in which licenses must also be purchased in advance before the songs of different artists can be used for commercial use. Not only gamers, but also numerous streamers have strongly criticized Alex Hutchinson's statements. These include well-known names like Dr Disrespect, Pokimane, Mr. Beast, Jacksepticeye and more. In general, streamers are now seen as additional marketing for games that publishers and developers usually do not have to spend a penny on. In the past there have also been one or the other title that really took off because of streamers. Current examples include Among Us. The 2018 title only became popular a few months ago after Twitch streamer Sodapoppin tried the title with friends.

Because Alex Hutchinson's statements were also associated with Google Stadia, Google has now publicly distanced itself from the statement. Hutchinson's description on Twitter may also have played a role here. Here he stated that he was responsible for Google Stadia as Creative Director. In the meantime, however, Hutchinson has corrected this mistake and specified the studio in Montreal.

via Eurogamer

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