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Terraria for Stadia cancelled, due to Google locking the developer out

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Stadia is back on the spotlight and not for their overhype, new games or stopping first-party games, in fact it's due to Terraria now being cancelled due to Google locking the accounts of a developer. This isn't just any developer either, this is coming from Terraria developer Andrew Spinks, who is the founder of Re-Logic.

Spinks wrote a thread on Twitter, highlighting the issue after being locked out of a Google account now for three weeks. That means access has been lost to anything purchased on Google Play, all the data on Google Drive, even the official YouTube account for Terraria cannot be accessed due to all this.

In a follow-up tweet Spinks mentioned that the bridge has been burned and so Terraria for Google Stadia is officially done and cancelled and that Re-Logic will "no longer support any of your platforms moving forward" and in another "I will not be involved with a corporation that values their customers and partners so little. Doing business with you is a liability."

You would think, that if it was coming to Stadia and it was already rated for it by PEGI, that Google would be keeping a close eye on it. Enough to ensure the developer can actually access anything. Apparently not.

A time where Google could really use some good news for Stadia, treating developers like this is clearly not going to go over well with anyone. This will likely put off other developers too, the damage of this happening with such a hugely popular game can't be understated.

It's a shocking reminder that many of us (myself included) rely too heavily one on single provider for multiple things. Personally, I have begun moving from Gmail wherever possible to ProtonMail and might I suggest you try it too. The trouble with Google is they are almost everywhere, I couldn't imagine losing so much and never getting an answer.

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Quoting: Dunc
Quoting: ArehandoroVideo-conferencing: https://meet.jit.si
I first used Jitsi before Zoom and honestly prefer it, regardless of the open source angle.
Of my three tabletop RPG campaigns which met in person in the before times (mostly the same people in all of them), all use Roll20; one uses it by itself, one alongside Zoom, and one alongside Jitsi. Jitsi seems pretty good to me.
lukas333 12 Feb
I like that he has a strong stance on this matter
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The Terraria story really broke my trust in how Google handles their accounts, and so being a pro-privacy person is not the only reason I will avoid Google anymore. I deleted nearly all my YouTube videos the other day going back ten years and I am going to find a new domain registrar. After that, I will have no accounts with them that hold value.
dubigrasu 13 Feb
We still don't know what exactly happened, and we still have only one side of the story. Not that I hope that Google will clarify it, but everything is possible. Maybe someone else had access to the respective account and did some crap with it. Unlikely, but possible.
I'm also intrigued by the developer silence that followed the initial turmoil. His YouTube account was reinstated a couple of days ago and there was no comment about it.
Cyba.Cowboy 19 Feb
Quoting: TheSHEEEPVideo-wise I try to get into a habit to look at odysee.com first before I have to go to YouTube since most people I follow are unfortunately not on both.

LBRY / Odysee.com are slowly getting better... I've been looking for alternatives to YouTube for several years, and LBRY / Odysee.com is the first time I can put my hand on my heart and say I have found something comparable to YouTube.

Sure, YouTube still has a lot of advantages over LBRY / Odysee.com - but the latter is quickly catching up and every day, the content is getting better.

By the way, have you seen the "Watch on LBRY" extension for Firefox? It seems to work pretty well, and with more and more content coming over to LBRY / Odysee.com, it's certainly handy to have installed (it only supports LBRY at this stage though).


Quoting: DrMcCoy
Quoting: TheSHEEEPE-mail wise, I thankfully host my own (or, well, pay a provider to host it for me)

Yes, and then Google just randomly throws half the mails you send to people with gmail accounts into their spam folder, where the recipients never see them...

I have two domains (my surname is different to the rest of my family) and whilst that the domain I use for myself (a ".id.au" domain) has this happen from time-to-time, it never happens with my other domain (a ".com.au" domain that the rest of my family uses).


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