Google has officially announced that Google Stadia, its game streaming service, will be shut down. There server shutdown date of the service is scheduled for January 18, 2023. There will also be refunds.
Google has announced that will refund the acquisition of all Stadia hardware and digital content (games and expansions) through the Google Store. According to the company, the refunds should arrive by mid-January 2023.
“We launched a consumer gaming service, Stadia, a few years ago,” he said Phil Harrison, vice president and general manager of Stadia, in a blog post. “And while Stadia’s approach to consumer game streaming was built on a strong technology foundation, it hasn’t gotten the traction with the users we expected, so we’ve made the difficult decision to begin shutting down our streaming service Stadia”. It is confirmed that the employees of the Stadia team will be distributed in other sectors of the company.
Harrison said that Google sees an opportunity to apply Stadia technology to other parts of Google, such as YouTube, Google Play and its AR efforts, and the company also plans to “make it available to our industry partners, which is in line with the future of gaming,” he wrote.
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