Gaming Industry Veteran Joins Google As VP

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Jade Raymond, a veteran of the video game industry, has just announced that she has joined Google as a VP. Vice President of what, you may ask? We don’t know yet, but we can venture a guess.

Raymond posted on Twitter recently that she is finally able to share that she has joined Google as VP. Without too much speculation or far-fetched theories, its apparent that she’s joining Google because of her background in the video game industry, possibly to head Google’s new gaming initiative.

Prior to the move to Google, Raymond served as the Senior Vice President and Group General Manager of Motive Studios and PopCap Vancouver, both of which are close subsidiaries of gaming industry giant, Electronic Arts. Raymond was also the lead developer of EA’s Star Wars games, and was one of the developers who led the charge on the original Assassin’s Creed back when she was with Ubisoft Montreal.

Raymond’s background in video games is highly decorated, and under her belt are some of the most popular titles of the decade, including Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and more. She has received numerous awards in the field, including the prestigious Vanguard Award at the 2018 Develop Awards, and the Pioneer Award, for bringing so much innovation to the industry.

With such a high-profile gaming industry veteran joining the ranks of Google, it can really only mean one thing: she’ll be spearheading ‘the future of gaming.’ Nicknamed Project Stream, the so-far top-secret Google project is expected to pioneer cloud gaming as a service. Instead of offering the market top-of-the-line hardware consoles that eventually become obsolete, Google’s bright idea might just be to harness the power of 5G technology to do all of a video game’s graphics processing on the cloud, and stream the information from the cloud to gaming devices. If executed well, this could revolutionize the gaming industry as we know it.

In any case, there’s only five days left for us to speculate. Google plans on shedding some light on these recent developments at its upcoming event, the Game Developer Conference. GDC takes place in San Francisco, and begins on March 18. With thousands of passionate game developers in attendance, there's no better time for Google to say what it wants to say, and no better time for fans to hear what they’ve been dying to hear.

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