Google today announced the closure of its cloud gaming service Stadia, which is scheduled to end in mid-January 2023. Google will refund all hardware purchases, all game purchases, and all content purchases add-on integrated into the application. made via the Stadia store.
Stadia hasn’t been able to gain traction with the users Google expected, which is why it’s shut down.
For many years, Google has invested in multiple aspects of the gaming industry. We help developers create and distribute game apps on Google Play and Google Play Games. Video game creators reach audiences around the world on YouTube through videos, live streams and short films. And our cloud streaming technology delivers immersive gameplay at scale.
A few years ago, we also launched a consumer gaming service, Stadia. And while Stadia’s approach to consumer game streaming was built on a solid technological foundation, it didn’t gain the user buy-in we expected, so we made the difficult decision to start. to terminate our Stadia streaming service.
Players can access their game library and play until January 18, 2023, Google expects most refunds to be complete by mid-January. During the liquidation process, some games may have gameplay issues, especially games that require trading, but the majority will “continue to function normally”.
While all hardware purchases and software transactions are refunded, Google does not refund Stadia Pro subscriptions.
We will offer refunds for all Stadia hardware purchases (Stadia Controller, Founders Edition, Premiere Edition, and Play and Watch with Google TV packages) made through the Google Store and software transactions (games and add-on purchases) made through the Stadia Store . Stadia Pro subscriptions are not eligible for refunds, but you will be able to continue playing your games in Pro at no additional cost until the final end date.
Prior to the shutdown, the Stadia store was closed and all commerce on the Stadia platform, including in-game transactions, came to an end. More information about refunds for Stadia users can be found on Google’s website.
Google Stadia has only been around since 2019, having launched in November of the same year. The service was designed to enable cloud-based gaming on a range of devices, including PCs, Chromebooks, Macs, iPhones and iPads.