Updated · Nov 16, 2022
Google Stadia Shutting Down
Updated · Sep 30, 2022
On Thursday, Google announced that it is shutting down its ambitious game streaming project – Stadia.
All Purchases to Be Refunded
The vice president and general manager of Stadia, Phil Harrison, published a blog post saying that the cloud gaming service will cease its operations in January 2023.
All software and hardware purchases will be refunded, and Google will still use that tech for YouTube, AR, and other aspects of its business. However, the consumer-facing app and storefront will no longer exist.
“We will be refunding all Stadia hardware purchases made through the Google Store, and all game and add-on content purchases made through the Stadia store,” Harrison said. “We expect to have the majority of refunds completed by mid-January, 2023. We have more details for players on this process on our Help Center.”
Users will continue to have access to the platform until January 18, 2023.
Google Stadia was officially revealed in March 2019, and the company launched it in November that year. Initially, it required players to buy a Founders Pack, which included a Chromecast Ultra, a Stadia controller, and a Stadia Pro subscription for three months.
In April 2020, Google decided to relax the requirements for Stadia users, opening up the service to everyone in the countries where it is available. Players only had to purchase Stadia Pro for $9.99 per month.
More changes came in 2021 when Google shut down its internal game studio dedicated to Stadia’s development. That same year, the vice president of Stadia Games and Entertainment, Jade Raymond, left the company.
While Stadia is shutting down, other popular cloud gaming services such as Boosteroid and Shadow remain available.
Dejan is a techie at heart who always dreamed of turning his fascination with gaming into a career. He finds working for TechJury a perfect opportunity to express his views of all kinds of different software. Being an avid reader, particularly of fantasy and sci-fi, Dejan pursued a degree in English Language and Literature. When not at his computer, he’s watching sports or playing tabletop games.
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