Today it became known that the Finnish studio Rovio, which is known for the release of the Angry Birds series, has closed its game streaming service. This was announced by the portal Engadget.
The service was called Hatch, and it became known that it no longer works from a message on the main page of its official website. It reports that the platform technically stopped working on December 31, 2020 and now it completely ceases to exist. The Rovio studio itself did not give any official reasons, but, most likely, Hatch simply could not stand the competition with services from Google and Microsoft. But it’s worth noting that Hatch offered streaming mobile games, while Stadia and Project xCloud are focused on console-level projects.
Hatch launched in 2018 and included a library of games with titles such as Monument Valley and Pac-Man Championship Edition DX. In addition, the service had its own voice chat and multiplayer functionality, which brought this functionality even to games that did not originally have it. Hatch users were offered the opportunity to use the service for free (in this case, the catalog of available games was reduced, plus there was advertising) and by subscription. For subscribers, a complete catalog was opened, no ads and a Hatch Kids section with games for children.
In 2019, Rovio tried to sell Hatch assets, but the venture was unsuccessful.
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