Google announced on Thursday that it would be shutting down Stadia, its cloud gaming service, in January 2023. The announcement surprised many in the gaming community, but it wasn’t unexpected.
“While Stadia’s approach to consumer game streaming has been built on a solid technology foundation, it hasn’t gained the user buy-in we expected, so we’ve made the difficult decision to start to end our Stadia streaming service,” said Phil Harrison. , vice president and general manager of Stadia, in a blog post.
Google will refund all purchases of Stadia hardware made through the Google Store, as well as all purchases of games and add-on content through the Stadia store. Stadia’s game library and game access will be available until January 18, 2023, when things will shut down.
“We expect the majority of refunds to be issued by mid-January 2023. We have more details for players on this process in our Help Center,” Harrison said.
“For the Stadia team, building and supporting Stadia from the ground up has been fueled by the same passion for games that our players have,” said Harrison. “Many members of the Stadia team will continue this work in other parts of the company. We’re so grateful for the team’s groundbreaking work and look forward to continuing to impact games and grow.” other industries using core Stadia streaming technology,” he concluded.
Last February, Google shut down its in-house studio that made games for Stadia, instead focusing on business partnerships. This decision hinted that the service was not as popular as he had hoped.
Stadia Pro costs CAD $11.99 per month and offers access to games on multiple devices, with all that’s needed is the company’s game controller. The service launched in Canada in 2019.
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