Google created Stadia, a cloud gaming service, about three years ago. It plans to permanently end the service today. Google shut down the service because it wasn’t getting as many customers as expected.
Google is issuing refunds for all Stadia hardware purchased via the Google Store, which will disappoint Stadia fans. Founders Edition, Premiere Edition, Play and Watch with Google TV bundles, and Stadia Controller. The corporation will also refund game and add-on store purchases. Stadia Pro subscriptions aren’t refundable.
Google will refund everything:
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…We expect to have the majority of refunds completed by mid-January, 2023.
Even if you only bought one Stadia game, you should get a refund in 2023. Stadia investors may obtain a reimbursement.
Google Stadia: Another open beta test?
The Big G has rushed into a product sector before, failed, and collapsed. Google Clips and Google’s chat platforms are examples.
Stadia’s was especially egregious. Stadia aimed to replace Steam, an impossible task. Big G tried to charge top-dollar for Stadia hardware and games, hoping game streaming would be enough to attract players. The Big G says Stadia “hasn’t gotten the momentum among users that we expected” as the reason for its termination.
Stadia will live on in other streaming apps. Google will white-label and licence the tech. Stadia fans will get their money back and may say they were there.