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EngadgetSep 30, 2022
The Morning After: Google is shutting down Stadia, its game streaming service
Despite denials until mid-2022, Stadia is winding down. The technically impressive game streaming service, which delivered current-gen games through smartphones, PCs, tablets and even Chromecast, is the latest victim of Google's long list of service casualties. Google said the service "hasn't gained the traction with users that we expected." That's entirely true. Google closed its internal game development studios early last year, and the company sadly failed to turn things around, even as rumors swirled that Stadia wasn't long for this world. It's a shame, as the service worked incredibly well, especially at the nascent beginnings of cloud gaming.

The good news is if you invested in the standalone games, Google "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." This was outlined by Stadia vice president and general manager Phil Harrison in a blog here.

If you subscribed to Stadia Pro and built up a catalog of games, there are no reimbursements. You'll be able to play your games until January, but it'll serve as a reminder that streaming services, if they go, can leave you with nothing. Except maybe a Chromecast.

- Mat Smith

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