Phil Harrisonthe head of Stadiahe announced to the employees of the company the closure of the service a few minutes before making the news public. Naturally many were not happy with it and this was read as a profound lack of respect towards those who continued to work on the project.
The fact emerged by comparing the time of the email with which Harrison called the meeting in which he announced the end of the work, to that of the disclosure of the news. The email was sent at 7 am, the meeting was called for 8:30, so just an hour and a half later, while at 9.15 the news was then made public. In fact, employees only knew 45 minutes earlier that users were about to lose their jobs.
Several sources confirmed to 9to5Google that the news was given to employees during that meeting. Providing information to his team at the last moment seems to be a recursive pattern for Harrison, who did the same by announcing the closure of Stadia Games & Entertainment in 2021. Just a few days earlier he had sent an email of appreciation for the work done by all internal teams.