Google Stadia, its cloud gaming service, will end on January 18. Hardware, software, and DLC purchases made for Stadia are all being refunded by Google. The Stadia team’s members will “carry this work forward” at Google in other divisions.
The search engine announced this in a blog post on Thursday. Google will refund all Stadia hardware bought from the Google Store as well as all games and extras bought from the Stadia store.
The company plans to finish giving back all the money by the middle of January.
People who use Stadia will still be able to play their game libraries, including Pro games if they had an active Pro subscription as of Thursday. Google told players in an email that publisher support for games may vary and that your gaming experience may be affected during the shutdown.
Stadia vice president and GM Phil Harrison said in a blog post said
“A few years ago, we also launched a consumer gaming service, Stadia. And while Stadia’s approach to streaming games for consumers was built on a strong technology foundation, it hasn’t gained the traction with users that we expected so we’ve made the difficult decision to begin winding down our Stadia streaming service.”
Employees on the Stadia team will be distributed to other parts of the company.
Destiny 2 makers In a tweet on Thursday, Bungie said that they were coming up with “a plan of action” after the news. Ubisoft, the company that makes Assassin’s Creed, said Friday that it plans to let people who bought its games on Stadia bring them to PC through its Ubisoft Connect digital distribution service.
While Stadia will shut down on January 18, 2023, we’re happy to share that we’re working to bring the games you own on Stadia to PC through Ubisoft Connect. We’ll have more to share regarding specific details as well as the impact for Ubisoft+ subscribers at a later date.— Ubisoft Support (@UbisoftSupport) September 30, 2022
Microsoft, which has also put a lot of money into cloud gaming, didn’t want to say anything. Nvidia, which makes the cloud gaming service GeForce Now, and AT&T, which used Stadia technology to run a couple game trials, didn’t respond right away to requests for comment.