Google is shutting down Stadia, its cloud gaming service. The service will remain available to players until January 18, 2023. Google will reimburse all Stadia hardware purchased through the Google Store, as well as all games and add-on content purchased from the Stadia Store. Google expects these refunds to be completed in mid-January.
“A few years ago, we also launched a consumer gaming service, Stadia,” said Stadia vice president and GM Phil Harrison in a blog post. “And while Stadia’s approach to streaming games for consumers is built on a strong technology foundation, it hasn’t gained the traction with users we expected, so we’ve made the difficult decision to phase out our Stadia streaming service.” Employees of the Stadia team are distributed among other parts of the company.
Harrison says Google sees opportunities to apply Stadia’s technology to other parts of Google, such as YouTube, Google Play and its AR efforts, and the company also plans to make it available to our industry partners, which aligns with where we’re working. see the future of gaming under leadership,” he wrote.
Google detailed some of the finer points of the disablement in an FAQ. Refunds are made automatically through the Google and Stadia stores, and you don’t have to return any hardware. Stadia Pro subscriptions will not are eligible for a refund, but you will not be charged during the withdrawal period and you will be able to access games that you may have redeemed as a Pro user until everything is settled. Google has closed the Stadia store, so you won’t be able to purchase games or in-game transactions.
Stadia has been dealing with rumors of its demise practically from the start
The writing has been on the wall for Stadia for a while, most recently when Logitech announced its new cloud gaming handheld last week and Stadia was one of the few cloud gaming services not mentioned. But Stadia has been dealing with rumors of its demise practically from the start. Google has a habit of destroying projects just a few years after launch, and Stadia, a cloud gaming service from a company with few ties to the game industry, looked like a prime candidate for an early demise.
Last year, there were rumors that it would shut down after the number of games being released on the platform slowed and the company closed its own game development studios. When those rumors resurfaced this year, Google insisted that Stadia would not close. “Don’t worry, we’re always working to bring more great games to the platform and Stadia Pro,” the company said in a tweet. Which was true…until today.