It comes as a shock, despite the warning signs. Just last month, Google was refuting claims that it would shutter Stadia, its cloud-based gaming service. Apparently, financial realities have caught up with them.
Google has announced the impending shutdown of its Stadia gaming platform. Users will have access to the service until January 18, 2023. Google plans to issue full refunds for any Stadia hardware bought via the Google Store, along with refunds for games and any extra downloadable content acquired from the Stadia marketplace. These refunds are expected to be processed by mid-January.
Google is shutting down Stadia
Google is shutting down Stadia, its cloud gaming service. The service will remain live for players until January 18th, 2023. Google will be refunding all Stadia hardware purchased through the Google Store as well as all the games and add-on content purchased from the Stadia store. Google expects those refunds will be completed in mid-January.
Last year, rumors abounded it would shut down after the number of games released to the platform slowed and the company shuttered its in-house game development studios. When those rumors popped up again this year, Google insisted that Stadia was not shutting down. “Rest assured we’re always working bringing more great games to the platform and Stadia Pro,” the company said in a tweet. Which was true… until today.Source: The Verge