Google Reportedly Intends To Shut Down Stadia ‘By The End Of Summer’

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UPDATE: The official Google Stadia Twitter account(Opens a new tab) responded to the Stadia shutdown suggestion by stating:

“Stadia is not closing. Rest assured that we are always working to bring more great games to the platform and to Stadia Pro. Let us know if you have any further questions.


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Following reports last month that Google Stadiums’ game streaming service had been ‘deprioritised’, there is now talk of an impending shutdown.

As GameRant reports(Opens a new tab)a source speaking to the Twitter account Killed by Google(Opens a new tab) claims that a Google regional manager has confirmed that the company is “beginning its exit plan” for Stadia.

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There’s no confirmed date yet, but if the rumor turns out to be true, it’s expected that Stadia could shut down “by the end of the summer.” The source also claims that Google has no plans to allow games to be transferred to another service, but users will be notified 30-60 days before the servers are shut down and the last month of service is free. .

When reports of Google deprioritizing the service emerged last month, it was suggested that the underlying technology would be used for a new service called Google Stream. Stream is believed to be aimed at other companies that want to stream games, with Google looking for partners. If such a service goes ahead, many Stadia games could end up being offered on alternative streaming platforms still running on Google’s technology.

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Stadia launched in 2019 and offered impressive performance on phones and through the Chrome browser, but it only had a small launch library and input lag was an issue. A little over a year later, and Google was already starting to throw in the towel when news emerged that it was scaling back efforts to create exclusive games for the service.

Official numbers not shared by Google, but unofficial estimates(Opens a new tab) Stadia peaked at 1.3 million users at the end of 2020, and the total number of active users stands at around 250,000 today. I’ve contacted Google for clarification and will update this post if and when I hear back.

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