Google officially announced the end of and Shutdown of Google Stadia service the streaming service has given its cloud game on January 28 (January 18, 2023).
Over the past few months, there have been reports of closures Stadia game streaming service Google denied it nearly two months ago, but the company has now officially announced the shutdown of the service on January 28 (January 18, 2023).
Google has announced that it will return all the costs of hardware and software purchases to users. Therefore, any user who purchased a Stadia controller or gamepad will be refunded by Google. Of course, this topic also includes games and bundles. These repayments are expected to be completed by mid-January 2023.
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Shutdown of Google Stadia service
According to Google, the world’s search engine giant uses the technology related to Stadia in other parts of the company, such as YouTube, Google Play and augmented reality. In addition, the employees who were working in the stadiums will be transferred to other departments of the company.
It was March 2019 when the Google Stadia service started, and of course, from the beginning, activists in this field questioned its future due to Google’s business style and strategy in this field. In addition, some criticized the high prices of games on this service; Because gamers did not receive them directly even after paying high fees.
Over time, it became clear that the end of the road for this service is a dead end, and Google, the studio that created its games, closed it down. This led to speculations about the closure of Stadia, but Google denied these rumors and even tried to show its activities as normal. But now the news of stopping this service has been published. The company’s official statement, made by Phil Harrison, Stadia’s vice president and general manager, reads as follows:
A few years ago, we launched a game service called Stadia for the lovers of the gaming world. While Stadia’s approach to delivering games to consumers is built on solid technology, it hasn’t gained the traction we hoped it would, so we’ve made the difficult decision to end the service and close our Stadia.
It is true that the cloud service giant is leaving the field, but the field has other powerful players such as Microsoft, Nvidia and Amazon.
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