Sony Santa Monica names 19-year veteran Yumi Yang as new studio head after Shannon Studstill joined Google Stadia's new studio.
Whaaat that sucks. Stadia? But that’s cool, good luck to them.
Yumi is awesome.. I saw that making of God of war
I’m sure but the other chick was cool.
It could be that Harrison and Studstill got to talking and he said there was an opening and Google could really use all the help they can get. I wouldnt be surprised if Harrison poached someone from a MS studio next. He has connections.
I’m more surprised she didn’t go across the street to the initiative studio if anything. Money is money though and she obviously knows her shit when it comes to producing.
Why join Stadia, it's the equivalent of boarding the titanic as it sinks.
They just saw the iceberg and they are calling in more lifeboats.
One word: money.
Yumi's pretty cool but Shannon was awesome too. Odd she went to stadia though....just why lol.
Wonder if she'll be back within a year
More like a month
Easy Google money then leave before the ship sinks.
you're smoking something good if you think google is paying their devs more than sony.
@brrdat alphabet (the parent company of google) has around ~12x the market cap of sony lmfao.....
Money, and the chance to be part of something different. Probably a good amount of stock options as well. That's usually how these silicon valley deals work out. Don Mattrick went to Zynga knowing they were going to fail. Even Zynga knew they were going to fail. But him taking over, after his relative success with 360 made Zynga appear that they were going to be prosperous. In the screwed up world that is tech investment, the potential is worth more than the actual product. You'd think they would have learned this is a bad way to do business after the last tech bubble burst, but here we are, and stupid crazy deals are made every day because people see potential that really isn't there more than half the time. The creators cash out, investors are left footing the bill, until they sell it off to the next guy who pays a stupid amount of money for it.
Sometimes people just want to do something new, which i think this is. Shannon has been at Santa Monica doing God of War for a number of years now. All the best to her
I don't see Stadia surviving the long term, it can't with how crappy internet can affect it so much.
To leave a studio like Santa Monica for Stadia, especially after the length of time she's been with PlayStation, Google had to have paid her a retirement check. I'm not gonna judge the woman for her own decisions, but I don't comprehend it. Definitely a big get for Google though.
I bet you they gave her a giant raise. But yeah, like others said, we’ll see how long it lasts.
She is probably regretting joining Google Statia team lol.
I hear Google Paychecks are irresistible...
Why? just taking shot in the dark.............$$$$$$
More money for less work is a high motivator to leave a job
Studio head huh...yeah...it happens. Good luck to this person though.
lol you ain't even subtle are you? At least TRY, Tim.
Dude, I'm being honest...all i did was read the story like Everyone else...i did not smile at all...but his reply really did make me laugh because i know exactly what he thought.
As long as Cory Barlog is still there, I don't care.
Cory doesn't do everything himself, nobody does. It's a team effort, and Shannon was still with Sony Santa Monica back when Cory left for Crystal Dynamics. There's a reason she spoke and held the award when God of War won game of the year.
but biggest ideas come from director. how he fought for this son/father story and changed everything took a lot. It's not like everyone had same idea. that is why Directors are super important.
Of course not, but he's been a key figure for a long time and was responsible the story and direction of the latest GOW, which are arguably the most important components. I'm just saying it would a huge hit if he left.
No idea who she is hope she helps the studio to make great games.
She was the project manager for GOW 2018. Not to mention she was there for almost 20 years so I believe she is capable of doing the job.
It’s like leaving NASA to join Microsoft’s Zune division
Whoa, Shannon seemed like the beating heart of SMS, I think Stadia is waiting to catch fire but I hope the best for Shannon. I'm not too worried about SMS I know Yumi is great too.
After seeing Shannon's passion for SSM or SMS I'm a little shocked. Not surprised though. I'm sure she's getting better pay now.
lol Stadia? well, i hope she'll be back
I mean, at least this possibly shows stadia are investing more into this field and hopeful dampen some peoples worries about them jumping ship. Looks like they are in it for a fair while at least to get some of their own exclusive games out. More competition is only a good thing and this is a big take for them.
there's no denying they bought out some good talent. If google is really in it for the long haul I hope they continue to open more studios. Unfortunately I live out in a rural area and 720p gaming is the best i can stream anyway so I'm going to be gaming natively on PlayStation for the foreseeable future.
Why would anyone go to work on something that has already failed and will be completely dead in a few months no matter what they do now. Nobody cares about stadia.
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