According to Google’s vice president, the company won’t allow adult-only content on its new Stadia streaming platform. In an interview with PCGamesN during GDC 2019, Phil Harrison said the service will use “industry standard practice” to curate.
Harrison said that when deciding which games to deliver through the streaming service, Google will “use what I would loosely refer to as” industry practice “. The company will use PEGI and ESRB rating systems, and Harrison says “we don’t allow adult-only content on our platform”. He goes on to say that Stadia “will have content guidelines that we will apply to games,” and that Google “will work with developers and publishers to bring appropriate games to the platform.”
Stadia was announced earlier this week during Google’s keynote speech at the Games Developers Conference in San Francisco. As long as your connection is up to date, you can play both first-party and third-party games without waiting for downloads or updates.
“Standard industrial practice” sounds like an unintentionally vague term. While PEGI and ESRB provide an easy starting point for consumers, Epic, Discord, and GOG are likely all different in their approach to curation. In contrast, Valve has made it clear that its own approach to determining which games are making their way to its platform is significantly easier.
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Harrison’s comments are in line with those of Epic CEO Tim Sweeney, who revealed that the Epic Games store will not “sell porn”. According to Sweeney, the open source nature of the PC means that it is possible to give your community direct access to it even if content is not served via important storefronts.