Refunds will roll out for games and hardware
Stadia, a cloud-based game streaming service, is shut down by Google after a few years of operation. The service is now closed, and refunds are being paid.
According to Google''s VP and Stadia general manager Phil Harrison, the technology hasn''t gained the audience it anticipated. So the company has decided to terminate its Stadia services.
All Stadia hardware purchases made through the Google Store will be refunded by Google. All game and add-on content purchases made through the Stadia store will also be refunded.
If you have a saved file you want to clear, then you would get on the deal. Google anticipates that refunds will be made by mid-January and 2023. The Stadia team members will be moving to other areas of the business.
The tech underneath
Harrison writes that Stadia''s technology has been proven at an an all-time high, and it sees clear opportunities to utilize it across other platforms of Google, including YouTube, Google Play, and AR. It also mentions making this technology available to industry partners, which Harrison believes is compatible with where gaming is headed.
According to Harrison, we remain committed to gaming; we will continue to invest in new technologies, technologies, and platforms that will influence the success of developers, industry partners, cloud customers, and creators.
The Google Stadia was one of the previous technologies breaking into the cloud race. It had an interesting reveal and began to develop some gaming expertise behind it.
However, issues arose soon. Stadia shuttered its internal development studios in 2021. Plans reportedly shifted Stadia''s direction, although it appears the final bell has gone.
Alongside its Xbox Game Pass, other cloud services are still remaining, like Amazon Luna and Microsofts a quite successful venture into cloud gaming.