December 6, 2022

Google Stadia will be discontinued in 2023 and all purchases will be refunded

Cloud Gaming Service Google Stadia desire Jan. Closed on 18, the search firm said in a Thursday blog post. Google will refund all Stadia hardware purchased through its Google Store, as well as all games and add-on content purchased from the Stadia Store.

The tech giant aims to issue all refunds by mid-January.

Stadia users can still access their game library, including Pro games, as of Thursday if you have an active Pro subscription. In an email to players, Google warned that publisher support for games may vary and your gameplay experience may be affected during the shutdown (some games may disappear or lose features prematurely).

It appears that Google didn’t tell many developers about the shutdown ahead of the public blog post. The makers of Destiny 2 are Bungie Tweeted about on Thursday Coming up with “an action plan”. After notification. Assassin’s Creed Developer Ubisoft wants to allow players who have purchased games in Stadia to bring them to PC through its Ubisoft Connect digital distribution service, said Friday.

Google has spoken to at least one studio (Luxor Evolved developer Old school) about reimbursement of income lost as a result of sudden change, Axios reported Friday.

Explaining the move, Stadia vice president and general manager Phil Harrison noted Google’s investments in gaming through the Google Play digital distribution service, cloud technology and YouTube streaming.

“A few years ago, we also launched a consumer gaming service called Stadia,” he said in a blog post. “And while Stadia’s approach to streaming games to customers is built on a strong technical foundation, it hasn’t appealed to users as we had hoped, so we’ve made the difficult decision to shut down our Stadia streaming service.”

The blog post noted that several employees on the Stadia team will be transferred to other roles at Google.

The cloud gaming service launched in November 2019 to mixed reception.

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“Stadia isn’t delivering new games [at the moment], which tries to offer a new way to play through streaming. Something you can already get from other providers,” CNET’s Scott Stein Wrote at that time. “Until Google finds a way to loop in YouTube and create truly unique competitive large-scale games, Stadia isn’t worth your time yet.”

Although there are some Solid games in its library, the stadia failed to form. Google It closed its in-house development studio In 2021, its gaming ambitions signal a move away from stadia.

There were also many stadia Cloud Gaming Tournamentwith Xbox, PlayStation, Nvidia And Amazon Provides all alternatives.

It hasn’t been a complete success for the company, with Harrison saying the technology could be used for YouTube, Google Play and its augmented reality projects.

That technology will also be available to Google’s business partners. Sony gave its own streaming service a headstart in 2015 Purchase of OnLive’s Patents — a The first game streaming service — just before the once-promising startup shut down.