Google announced on September 29th, 2022, that its Stadia cloud game streaming service will be terminated in late January 2023. You can no longer make purchases through the platform, and notably, Google is offering refunds to gamers for everything that they might have purchased during its three-year existence: controllers, games, and all.
Despite coming to a close (which many predicted given Google’s tendency to kill projects instead of letting them fizzle out), Google arguably succeeded at delivering on its promise of bringing cloud game streaming to a bunch of screens before Microsoft, Sony, and Amazon had formal plans to do the same. It was also novel in the industry for being a platform that didn’t require any hardware buy-in on the side of the user; you could plug a controller you already owned into your computer and get started by launching Google Chrome. Here’s our original review from 2019, for old times’ sake.
We’re taking a look back and a look forward to dig more into Stadia while we still can. You’ll find all posts about the death of Stadia — and possibly the remnants of it that will live on — rounded up in this StoryStream.
- EGoogle starts rolling out Stadia refunds in Europe and Canada.
Google started processing Stadia refunds in the US last week ahead of its imminent shutdown, but now it looks like they’re starting to arrive for users in other parts of the world.
A report from 9to5Google indicates that people in the UK, Canada, Italy, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Poland, and other European countries are starting to get their money back on Stadia subscriptions, games, and add-ons.
Check your email — you might see notifications of refunds for software transactions on the Stadia store.
After Google announced that the service was shutting down, developers have had to scramble to let people transfer their purchases and save data.
Stadia is shutting down, and if you want to continue any Cyberpunk 2077 progress you made on Stadia, you can download your save files using Google Takeout and bring them to PC
News that Google would be closing down Stadia was a big surprise for everyone, including the developers making games for the platform
Stadia made MMORPGs like the Elder Scrolls Online fun for me for the first time in years. Without it, I’m not sure I’ll keep playing.
If you bought an Ubisoft game on the soon-to-be-discontinued cloud gaming platform, you’ll be able to get a copy on PC
Stadia was a good beta test for the future of gaming
People have been wondering if Stadia would stick around basically since it launched. Google had offered plenty of reassurances, but turns out that they didn’t mean much.
Google had big plans for its cloud gaming service, but it never tipped the scales. Soon, Google will be shutting it down.
Google is refunding hardware, software, and DLC purchases.