Ahead of the E3 2019, Phil Harrison, head of Google’s game streaming service, Stadia, has made it known that publishers will be given the opportunity to monetize their gaming subscriptions. Reported by RockPaperShotgun during YouTube’s E3 Live show in an interview with Geoff Keighley, Harrison said he expects publishers to start thinking about their subscriptions in a short time while stating Google will “support that on [its] platform, and we’ll see some announcements in due course around that.”
Being specific on the publishers, he said those with bigger catalogs and more significant line-ups are more likely to have their own subscription on Stadia. Big publishers like EA are prime candidates with the gaming giant already given access to subscription service where its users can download some of its games on Xbox One for a single monthly fee. The PS4 is expected to be added soon. EA games have been confirmed on Google Stadia launch line-up but the specific titles are yet to be announced.
This move could make either make Stadia gaming service complicated or offer people more flexible subscription plans on the streaming platform. Apart from the monthly subscription on Stadia, Google expects users to still pay for most games individually. A free subscription tier is set for next year launch date.