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Google announces an end to Stadia game streaming service in January 2023

US tech giant Google has announced that it will discontinue its game streaming service Stadia. It will be shut down permanently on January 18, 2023.

According to GSM Arena, the company will refund all hardware and software purchases to users. All people who bought the Stadia controller will get their money back. Also for any game and add-on content purchased through the Stadia Store. Repayments are expected to be completed by mid-January 2023.

According to Google, the technology that powers Stadia will be used in other areas of the company, such as YouTube, Google Play and its Augmented Reality (AR) efforts.

Launched in March 2019, Google Stadia immediately met with industry skepticism due to the company’s tendency to shut down businesses that don’t get off the ground right away. Many also criticized the high cost of games, as the user did not immediately own them and the library of lower quality.

Although two years later Google announced it was closing its first-party game studio and the head of product was leaving the company, the service continued to stumble for a while.

The demise of Stadia doesn’t necessarily mean the end of cloud gaming as a whole, with Microsoft, Nvidia and Amazon still committed to their services. It would always have been a long-term investment for these companies, but that’s not the kind Google is opting for, according to GSM Arena.

(Only the headline and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content was automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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