According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, Google seems to be conducting internal trials for a novel method of online gaming.
The emerging product, allegedly named “Playables”, is designed to enable users to enjoy games on their mobile devices or computers through YouTube. These games could potentially be accessed via the YouTube website or its app. As of now, there doesn’t seem to be an immediate launch plan for this product from Google.
Alex McQuiston, a spokesperson for YouTube, communicated to CNET via email, “Gaming has consistently been a focal point at YouTube. We are perpetually exploring new features, but at present, we have no announcements to make.”
This product testing news surfaces a few months after Google decided to discontinue its cloud gaming service, Stadia, which was introduced in 2019. Phil Harrison, the vice president and general manager of Stadia, stated that the service failed to attract subscribers as anticipated by the company. In a statement made in September, Harrison suggested that the technology underpinning Stadia could find applications in other Google sectors such as YouTube, Google Play, and augmented reality.