Cloud gaming service Google Stadia will be shutting down Jan. 18, the search giant said in a blog post on Thursday. Google will reimburse all Stadia hardware purchased through the Google Store, along with all games and add-on content purchased through the Stadia Store.
The tech giant aims to have all refunds completed by mid-January.
People using Stadia will still be able to access their game libraries, including Pro games if you had an active Pro subscription as of Thursday. In an email sent to players, Google warned that game publisher support may vary and your gameplay experience may be affected during the shutdown period (indicating that some games may disappear early or lose features). ).
It seems that Google didn’t tell many developers about the shutdown ahead of the public blog post. come up with “a plan of action” following the announcement. developer Ubisoft plans to allow players who bought its games on Stadia to bring them to PC through its Ubisoft Connect digital distribution service, it said Friday.tweeted about thursday
Google spoke to at least one studio (developer Luxor Evolved Olde Skuul) about compensation for lost sales as a result of the abrupt change, Axios reported Friday.
Phil Harrison, vice president and general manager of Stadia, explained the move, noting Google’s investment in gaming through its digital distribution service Google Play, its cloud technology and YouTube streaming.
“A few years ago, we also launched a consumer gaming service, Stadia,” he said in the 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.”
Many employees of the Stadia team will be reassigned to other roles within Google, according to the blog post.
The cloud gaming service launched in November 2019 has received mixed reviews.
“Stadia isn’t delivering new games [at the moment], it’s just trying to provide a new way of playing through streaming. One you can already get from other providers,” CNET’s Scott Stein wrote at the time. “Until Google finds a way to loop in YouTube and develop truly unique competitive large-scale games, Stadia isn’t worth your time yet.”
Even though I have something, Stadia hasn’t evolved. google in 2021, suggesting that Stadia’s gaming ambitions are shifting.
Stadia had enough tooof , Nvidia and all with alternatives.
It hasn’t been a total failure for the company, with Harrison saying the technology could be applied to YouTube, Google Play and its augmented reality projects.
That technology will also be made available to Google’s industry partners. Sony gave its own streaming service a lead in 2015— a — shortly before the once-promising startup shut down.