It was a comment that left a lot of people riled up.
Alex Hutchinson, the Creative Director at Stadia Games & Entertainment, made the following point of contention;
“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”.
Just re-read that and let that sink in.
In an effort to douse the dumpster-fire of a situation it unwittingly found itself in, a representative from Google made the following press release;
“The 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”.5to9Google
Furthermore, other members of Google’s staff have distanced themselves from Hutchinson. Ryan Wyatt, YouTube’s Lead of Gaming, Commerce, and Immersion, tweeted the following;
“We believe that Publishers and Creators have a wonderful symbiotic relationship that has allowed a thriving ecosystem to be created. One that has mutually benefited everyone! YT is focused on creating value for Creators, Publishers, & Users. All ships rise when we work together”.
I think it’s safe to say that not everybody at Google thinks streamers should have to pay for a license to stream a game. To try and rectify his mistake, Hutchinson shortly after posting the above tweet added “ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN”. So, take from that what you will. He still hasn’t removed the tweet, though. So…