Google is shutting down Stadia, its cloud gaming service. The service will remain active for players until January 18, 2023. The company will refund all Stadia hardware purchased from the Google Store, as well as all games and add-on content purchased from the Stadia store. Google expects these refunds to be completed by mid-January.
“A few years ago, we also launched a consumer gaming service, Stadia,” said Stadia VP and GM Phil Harrison in an official blog post. “And while Stadia’s approach to consumer game streaming was built on a strong technological foundation, it didn’t gain the traction with users we had hoped for, so we’ve made the difficult decision to begin shutting down our Stadia streaming service.” Staff on the Stadia team will be distributed to other parts of the company.
Harrison says Google sees opportunities to apply Stadia technology to other parts of the company, 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 see the future of driven games,” he wrote.