The ambitious Google project that aimed to offer its users video games in the cloud will be definitively terminated very soon, according to information issued by Phil Harrison, vice president and general manager of Stadia.
The announcement was made through Google’s own blog and even the date of death of the service was announced: January 2023.
In general terms, Stadia will be decommissioned because it did not get the response that Google expected, because it could not compete with other similar services such as the Xbox Game Pass or the renewed PlayStation Plus, which, although they are not games in the cloud, also offered a similar subscription.
However, for people who did acquire a piece of equipment or had confidence in it, it was announced that there will be access to the game library until January 18, 2023, while, people who bought hardware through the Google Store would be reimbursed for it.
Some studios already reacted to the announcement of the closure of the video game service in the cloud, all converge on the fact that they were not notified about it, since both independent studios and large developers were surprised by the announcement released by the press, since there was no warning about it.
“Tangle Tower was going to be released on Stadia within two days, I learned of its closure through this article,” shared Tom Vian, who attached The Verge post. In addition, Rebecca Heineman said “we have a title that will be released on the first of November. And now we find out about this.”
It should be noted that Google Stadia was not released freely in all countries, as it only reached the United States, Canada and European countries. It was not available in Asia or Latin America.
“A few years ago, we also launched a consumer gaming service, Stadia. And while Stadia’s approach to streaming games for consumers was based on a solid technology foundation, it didn’t gain traction among users we expected, so we made the difficult decision to start downgrading our Stadia streaming service
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