That’s it (almost). Google Stadia doesn’t have a great future ahead of it, as a Google blog entry now confirms. The gaming service that we can use to stream games still has a few months left, then it will be discontinued.
Google Stadia has an expiration date
On November 19, 2019, Google launched its Stadia streaming service. Today, after almost three years, Phil Harrison, Vice President and General Manager of Stadia, declares the service a failure:
A few years ago, we also launched a consumer gaming service called Stadia. And while Stadia’s approach to streaming games for consumers is built on a strong technological foundation, it hasn’t garnered the traction we expected with users, which is why we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue our Stadia streaming service.
No big surprise, since Stadia never really caught on with gamers.
When will Google Stadia end? Until January 18, 2023, all players still have access to their game library and can gamble. Google wants to give everyone the opportunity to complete unfinished games.
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Google refunds purchases made through the Google Store
Anyone who is annoyed now, but has made a purchase through the Google Store, can at least get money back. Because Google refunds all Stadia hardware, game and add-on content purchases made through the Google Store. The plan is to have all refunds processed by mid-January 2023. For more information, Google refers to the support.
Despite the discontinuation of Stadia, Google sees the technology developed from it as an opportunity to use it for other Google products such as YouTube and Google Play. Also, the discontinuation of Stadia doesn’t mean a retreat. Google doesn’t want to throw in the towel when it comes to gaming, but wants to continue investing in it.
How do you feel about Google Stadia being discontinued? Did you use the service yourself?