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Stadia dev says streamers should pay developers, Google distance themselves

Published: 13:08, 23 October 2020
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Much of the gaming community has been taken aback by Stadia dev Alex Hutchinson's comments that streamers should be paying devs and publishers, but Google want nothing to do with that hot potato.

Hutchinson tweeted out what could be interpreted as a dig at streamers, or an inevitable, impending reality, all depending on how you look at things. 

"Streamers worried about getting their content pulled because they used music they didn't pay for should be more worried by the fact that they're streaming games they didn't pay for as well. It's all gone as soon as publishers decide to enforce it.

The real truth is the streamers should be paying the developers and publishers of the games they stream. They should be buying a license like any real business and paying for the content they use", he tweeted.

As you'd expect, it didn't take long for Twitter hordes to storm Hutchinson's profile, hurling all sorts of counter-arguments, although not all of the responses could exactly qualify as arguments. 

Ironically, one of the responses was popular streamer Jacksepticeye, who pointed out that Hutchinson's own banner is actually Jacksepticeye's, from when he was streaming Savage Planet. To make matters worse, Hutchinson cropped out the watermark and signature. 

Nevertheless, he followed it up with the tweet below, where he argues that people shouldn't be upset at creators of the content being interested in making some of that money too. 

Google, on the other hand, weren't interested in standing behind Hutchinson's comments. In a statement to 9to5Google, the company said, "he recent tweets by Alex Hutchinson, creative director at the Montreal Studio of Stadia Games and Entertainment, do not reflect those of Stadia, YouTube or Google."

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