Google announced they’re finally pulling the plug on Google Stadia – the service is shutting down in early 2023.
The cloud-streaming service is shutting down on January 18th 2023, and users who purchased its hardware and/or games will get refunds for their purchases.
“We’re grateful to the dedicated Stadia players that have been with us from the start,” Stadia vice president and general manager Phil Harrison said in a new update.
He added, “We will be refunding all Stadia hardware purchases made through the Google Store, and all game and add-on content purchases made through the Stadia store. Players will continue to have access to their games library and play through January 18, 2023 so they can complete final play sessions. We expect to have the majority of refunds completed by mid-January, 2023. We have more details for players on this process on our Help Center.”
Harrison said the “underlying technology platform that powers Stadia has been proven at scale and transcends gaming,” despite the entire platform now getting shut down next year. Furthermore, Google apparently sees “opportunities to apply this technology across other parts of Google like YouTube, Google Play,” and their augmented reality endeavors.
Google will make the systems from their cloud gaming “available to our industry partners”, which is where Google sees “the future of gaming”.
“We remain deeply committed to gaming, and we will continue to invest in new tools, technologies and platforms that power the success of developers, industry partners, cloud customers and creators,” Harrison said.
Google’s cloud gaming platform was announced back in March 2019 and launched in November of the same year.