Google Shuts Down Game Service Stadia 2 Years After Launch

  • Google announced on Thursday it was shutting down its cloud gaming support Stadia right after two decades.
  • It stated Stadia “hasn’t obtained the traction with people that we expected.”
  • Users will have accessibility to their games through January 18.

Much less than three a long time after launching its cloud gaming support Stadia, Google is shutting it down.

Stadia introduced in November 2019 as aspect of Google’s intense enlargement into gaming. But on Thursday, the firm mentioned it experienced “produced the tricky final decision to commence winding down our Stadia streaming assistance.”

Consumers will have entry to their video games until finally January 18, 2023, and all hardware buys built via the Google Retail outlet will be refunded, the corporation reported. 

Google claimed Stadia “hasn’t acquired the traction with people that we expected.”

Google reported that it however sees prospects for the technological know-how that powered Stadia, and that it would utilize it to other sectors of its organization like Google Play and YouTube.

Indicators of issues experienced been bubbling up. Final 12 months, Google mentioned it was closing its inner Stadia video game studio in favor of encouraging game makers “acquire benefit of our system technology and supply video games immediately to their players.”

More, Insider’s Hugh Langley documented earlier this yr that Google had “deprioritized” the Stadia client system — as in, the game titles — and was in its place focusing on putting bargains with corporations like Bungie to “salvage” the know-how.