Google Stadia will be shut down in January 2023 with full refunds for all purchases

Google has announced that it is shutting down its game streaming service Stadia, with it expected to go offline on January 18th, 2023. The main reason behind the shutdown is the fact that Google has not managed to attract the consumer numbers it had expected to, and so it is not worth continuing the service in this capacity. However, Google has stated it will use the underlying technology for YouTube, Augmented Reality, and Google Play.

You can read the statement in full from Stadia Vice President and General Manager Phil Harrison below:

For many years, Google has invested across multiple aspects of the gaming industry. We help developers build and distribute gaming apps on Google Play and Google Play Games. Gaming creators are reaching audiences around the world on YouTube through videos, live streaming and Shorts. And our cloud streaming technology delivers immersive gameplay at massive scale.

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.

We’re grateful to the dedicated Stadia players that have been with us from the start. 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. Players will continue to have access to their games library and play through January 18, 2023 so they can complete final play sessions. 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.

The underlying technology platform that powers Stadia has been proven at scale and transcends gaming. We see clear opportunities to apply this technology across other parts of Google like YouTube, Google Play, and our Augmented Reality (AR) efforts — as well as make it available to our industry partners, which aligns with where we see the future of gaming headed. We remain deeply committed to gaming, and we will continue to invest in new tools, technologies and platforms that power the success of developers, industry partners, cloud customers and creators.

For the Stadia team, building and supporting Stadia from the ground up has been fueled by the same passion for games that our players have. Many of the Stadia team members will be carrying this work forward in other parts of the company. We’re so grateful for the groundbreaking work of the team and we look forward to continuing to have an impact across gaming and other industries using the foundational Stadia streaming technology.

As mentioned in the statement, Google will refund people who have purchased hardware through the Google store including the Stadia Controller, Founders Edition, Premiere Edition, and Play and Watch with Google TV packages. Game purchases and add on purchases will also be refunded. However, Stadia Pro subscriptions will not be refunded. You will not have to return any hardware to Google to get your refund. The Stadia store has already been shut down so no further purchases can be made, and pre-orders have been cancelled.

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Author: Aran Suddi