Earlier this week, Alen Ladavac announced via LinkedIn that he was leaving Croteam to work on Google Stadia. Ladavac, who was one of the original six co-founders of the game studio back in 1993, is both excited for the new adventure working for Google in Munich, Germany, and sad to leave the team he’s been with for so long. Ladavac had been creating games with Croteam for roughly 25 years and has undoubtedly garnered a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will assist him in his newest venture with Stadia.
Croteam was founded in 1993 by six friends, Admir Elezović, Davor Hunski, Roman Ribarić, Dean Sekulić, Davor Tomičić, and Ladavac. Based in Zagreb, Croatia, the team is famous for the Serious Sam games, as well as The Talos Principle (which Ladavac is especially proud of), amongst many others. Ladavac notes that he had been making games with his team since the era of floppy discs. Ladavac shared his heartfelt goodbye on LinkedIn, which was met with wishes of happiness and good luck. “With a heavy heart, I’ve parted ways with my dear friends and colleagues at Croteam. I love you all, guys and girls, and I will never forget all the beautiful years I spent with you and fantastic things we’ve created.”
Ladavac will now be working as an Engineering Manager for Google in Germany, specifically on the newest addition to the console wars, the Google Stadia. He is excited to begin work on what he believes will be a “landmark undertaking.” The Google Stadia is advertised as cloud gaming at its finest, meaning that players will have access to games without long download times for patches, as well as an ever-expanding catalog of games. Google Stadia is looking to compete with the big dogs (PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo) right out of the gate, and is set to launch sometime next month.