Jade Raymond announced that she had been recruited by Google as Vice President. This big name of the video game illustrates the seriousness with which Google intends to invest this market.
Google's video game conference, where the company should unveil its first game console associated with a service, may just find its host. Jade Raymond, the big name of the video game, announced on Twitter that she had been recruited by Google to become Vice President, directly under the direction of Sunder Pichai, CEO of Google.
I'm excited to finally be able to share
– Jade Raymond (@ibjade) March 12, 2019
This means that she will be responsible for a whole division of the firm, without the identity of this division being revealed. However, it is a safe bet that this division is dedicated to video games and that its name is formalized at the same time as the service. As such, Jade Raymond would have the same responsibilities as Phil Spencer, Vice President of Microsoft for Xbox.
A big name of the video game
As we said, Jade Raymond is already one of the known faces of the video game. Originally from Montreal, she became best known for her work at Ubisoft Montreal, after a stint at Electronic Arts to work on The Sims Online.
At Ubisoft, she was one of the leaders behind the launch of the Assassin's Creed series, which she accompanied until 2009, now one of the company's flagship series. She also oversaw other strong Ubisoft licenses with Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Watch Dogs.
Jade Raymond was Executive Producer on Assassin's Creed 2
She then went back to EA Games to work on the games using the Star Wars license. Unfortunately, the studio Visceral closed afterwards, before the big adventure developed with Amy Henning was born.
Jade Raymond is now Vice President at Google. The role is somewhat different in the United States from what is usually called a Vice President in France. She is actually responsible for a large division of Google and answers only to the CEO of the firm, Sundar Pichai.
Google takes the video game seriously
The launch of its first video game service is obviously an important project for Google. In recent years, the firm has recruited three big names in the industry: Jade Raymond, Phil Harrison (Xbox, PlayStation) and Richard Marks (Sony EyeToy, PlayStation Move).
There are only a few days left before Google finally unveils its service. The market where we counted only Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft seems to know its last days.