Google’s Hosting a Gaming-Related Keynote Next Month

Posted on February 19, 2019 by Brad Sams in Google with 3 Comments

Next month at the Game Developers Conference, Google is going to be hosting a keynote but the company isn’t saying what they will announce. The company has previously shown off its work in creating a game-streaming platform and this could be the first public trial of the new platform.

But it does look like they have a lot more to announce than just a possible streaming service. The keynote is kicking off at 10:00 AM on March 19th followed by three sessions to learn more about the products.

On the description page, Google makes it clear that they are preparing to release a new product or service as two of the sessions are being called pre-launch best practices, and strategies to improve performance post-launch. This likely means that Google knows when the service will launch and considering they are already talking about post-launch optimization, it would appear that it’s not too far off.

What I expect to see is how Google plans to move head-first into the game-streaming market. The popularity of Twitch continues to grow and Google is in a good position to build its own platform to compete in this segment. Of course, Google and Amazon are far from the only companies looking to grow in this area, Microsoft has its xCloud platform and Apple is rumored to be building out a similar service as well.

With the HoloLens 2 event happening this weekend and GDC happening in the middle of next month, the technology news cycle is about to get a big shot of adrenaline as we head towards Apple, Google, and Microsoft’s developer conferences that take place in the spring.

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3 responses to “Google’s Hosting a Gaming-Related Keynote Next Month”

  1. yoshi

    It's certainly an interesting time in gaming. I wonder how it will work for exclusives with Google, Amazon, etc. I imagine it will be a pretty big risk for a studio to bet on only Google or Amazon, when there are already well established brands in gaming.

  2. jules_wombat

    Hopefully a very high end gaming console from Google, coupled to streaming Google gaming cloud services.

  3. nicholas_kathrein

    I was a beta tester on their alpha / beta test where they let people sign up to test their cloud streaming 1080 p game of Assassins Creed Odyssey and it worked great. No issues but I don't know how many people they are streaming to. In an AMD presentation they said they partnered with Google to make this so we know that. My guess is it's 1080p gaming of PC Game titles streamed to any device with google chrome web browser and they'll probably have apps for iOS and Android. Just a guess though.

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