Google's Stadia Cloud Gaming Platform Shuts Down Today

Google is officially shutting down its Stadia cloud gaming service today, Wednesday, January 18, after having failed to gain the traction that the company was expecting. Google servers that host the service are due to shut down at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

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Launched in November 2019, the service was designed to allow for cloud-based gaming across a range of devices, including PCs, Chromebooks, Macs, iPhones, and iPads.

Reports began emerging in early 2021 of Stadia's underwhelming uptake among gamers, shortly after Google's decision to kill its only in-house Stadia game development studio, Stadia Games and Entertainment (SG&E), only two years into its life.

Since the service's shutdown was announced in September 2022, Google has been making good on its promise to refund anyone who made Stadia purchases over the course of its operation, including games, downloadable content, and controllers offered by the service. The company began processing refunds in November and previously said it expected to process the "majority" of refunds by the end of play today.

Stadia controllers are designed to connect directly to Stadia servers over Wi-Fi, instead of connecting to a console or PC, but each one contains an unused Bluetooth chip. Google is therefore offering owners a tool to make Stadia controllers capable of using Bluetooth, which will allow them to be used with local machines after Stadia's closure.

Google marked the closure by last week releasing one final Stadia game, Worm Game, which the developers used to test the service before it went live.

For months leading up to the closure, the Stadia store has been shuttered and all commerce ended on the Stadia platform, including in-game transactions. More information on refunds for Stadia users can be found on Google's website.

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Top Rated Comments

.wojtek Avatar
19 months ago
oh... look! yet another Google product got killed. does anyone even want to try their new products? seriously, apart from search / YouTube / map / mail it seems that everything else just gets killed...
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
karranz Avatar
19 months ago
Sad news. I never had any problem with Stadia, I never understood why google left it so early. I felt dumb buying a physical console after using Stadia, I just feels outdated.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Reason077 Avatar
19 months ago
Great shame. Such promising technology and a great user experience. But sadly mismanaged by Google. Never managed to attract the breadth and quality of game titles that it deserved.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gudi Avatar
19 months ago
I'm still waiting for Google's Android platform to shut down.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
IIGS User Avatar
19 months ago
K-Mart closed

AMC went out of business

They stopped making the “new” Coke.

People cared more about all these things than Stadia. Almost no one even knew it existed and even the people that knew it existed (like me) didn’t know all that much about it and didn’t care about it.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nugat Trailers Avatar
19 months ago
It's unfortunate, but you can't be surprised. There were just too many factors against it.

1. It's by Google, so it had a really good chance of dying before it's 3rd year.
2. HORRIFIC marketing. Holy crap, Google used the Dreamcast, Powerglove and ET for the Atari 2600 alongside it. For context, that's like Apple showing off a M2 Mac mini next to a Pippin, a butterfly keyboard MBA, and iPod socks.
3. Hilariously delayed features. It took 6 months for Google to add a search bar.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)