Google Stadia is shutting down on January 18: 5 things to know about it


Google announced last year that it was shutting down its cloud-based game streaming service, Google Stadia. At the time, the company announced that it would completely shut down Stadia’s servers on January 18, 2023, after which users would no longer be able to buy new games, access their in-game progress or purchases, or have Will not be able to access the existing game. Already subscribed.

“We are grateful to the dedicated Stadia players who have been with us from the beginning,” Phil Spencer, vice president and general manager of Google Stadia, said in a blog post at the time.

It’s worth noting that Stadia, as a service, isn’t very old in the game-streaming industry. Google formally launched the service in 2019 after introducing its beta version in 2018. However, in its three short years of existence, the cloud-based gaming service failed to garner enough attention among gaming enthusiasts and meet company expectations. As a result, Google decided to shut down the service in January 2023.

5 things you should know about Google Stadia

As of today, there are 10 days left before Google completely shuts down the service. Before Google Stadia takes off for Google, here are five important things you should know about it:

  • Google begins issuing refunds for Stadia purchases starting November 9th, 2022. These refunds cover all game purchases, add-on content, and subscription fees for games in the Store.

— Google isn’t refunding fees for its Stadia Pro subscription service. But there is a catch. The company said it will not refund fees for Stadia Pro subscriptions issued before September 29, 2022. However, the Stadia Pro subscription fee will not be charged after September 29, 2022. “Any Pro subscription charges made on or after September 29, 2022 (midnight PST) will be refunded,” the company said.

Google also said that it would also offer refunds for any hardware purchased by users. This means that if a user has purchased a Stadia controller, they will be refunded for it. “We are working through this process and still expect to have processed most refunds by January 18, 2023,” the company said.

Additionally, Google will also refund all in-game purchases that users have made through the Stadia Store. Devices eligible for a refund include Stadia controllers, Founders Edition, Premiere Edition, and the Play and Watch with Google TV package.

  • Players can use the Stadia controller when connected via USB-C to a compatible USB-C or USB-A device.

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