Google wants to do more attractive to developers and publishers and brings more generous revenue sharing. Those behind the games released on Stage after Oct. 1 will receive 85 percent of sales revenue, and Google will cut 15 percent. The split covers the first $ 3 million in sales and will not be in effect until the end of 2023. The stadium will return to the current revenue split after that point.
Starting this month new titles are joining The setup (a library of games included in the membership) will receive a subscription cut of $ 10 per month under updated conditions. Google will share 70 percent of that revenue with publishers, and the fund will be shared based on player engagement. Google uses something called “session days” as a key metric. Each separate day when a user jumps into a Stadia Pro game counts as a session day – if someone plays the title twice in 24 hours, it still counts as one session day.
Google announced these announcements during at the Google Games Summit. He will also present the associated Stadia Pro program. Developers and / or publishers will receive $ 10 for each user who accesses the Stadium through their Click to Play link and continues to become a paid Stadia Pro subscriber after their one-month trial period. The idea is to give developers and publishers an incentive to promote their Stadia Pro games wherever users can click on the link. This program will begin early next year.
While all of these changes will benefit developers and publishers, perhaps the most effective will be revenue sharing of 85/15. Like the code Apple takes from the first million dollars a year from the sale of the App Store, that move could be mostly beneficial for indie studios and publishers, although those who have already released games on the Stage will miss the contract.
It’s been a turbulent few months for the Stadium. Google its in-house gaming studio in February, turning the Stadium into a platform for streaming games for third-party titles only. Meanwhile, Stadia product manager John Justice in May. Perhaps strengthening relationships with publishers and developers through better financial terms can help Google maintain the ship.
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