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Google will close Google Stadia and return the money to who paid

There has been talk of the possible closure of Google Stadia, because it is not getting support from game developers, nor from Alphabet itself. After a long time of speculation and little news of games coming to Stadia, Alphabet has decided to shut it down.

Google has announced the closure of Stadia, its cloud gaming service, as announced by The Verge portal. Aklphabet service will remain active for players until January 18, 2023. Google will refund all Stadia hardware purchased through the Google Store, as well as all games and add-on content purchased from the Stadia Store.

Finally, Google has abandoned Stadia

“A few years ago, we also launched a consumer gaming service, Stadia. And while Stadia's approach to consumer game streaming was built on a strong technological foundation, it hasn't gained the traction with users that we'd hoped for, which is why we've made the difficult decision to begin winding down our game streaming service. Stadia”.

Phil Harrison, Vice President and Manager of Google Stadia

Harrison claims that Google sees opportunities to apply Stadia technology to other parts of Google, such as YouTube, Google Play, and its efforts in the world of Augmented Reality. They also plan to make it available to industry partners as well, which aligns with where we see the future of gaming. It would be a way of bringing games to platforms that don't support it, or to players that don't have cutting-edge equipment, like Capcom is doing with Resident Evil VII, VIII, and the remake of II; or Square Enix with the saga Kingdom Hearts, both on Nintendo Switch, which work through cloud versions.

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Last week, Logitech announced its new cloud gaming device, and Stadia was one of the few cloud gaming services not mentioned for said device. Google Stadia has been rumors of its possible disappearance from the beginning, because those who know the Google company know that has a habit of killing projects a few years after launch if they don't meet very high expectations and sometimes unreal. Part of this is what put off so many gamers and developers. Stadia already had few ties to the gaming industry, with very few gamers using it on a regular basis.

It was rumored last year that it would be shutting down after the number of games released on the platform dropped and the company shut down its in-house game development studios. Those rumors resurfaced this year, with Google insisting in mid-summer that Stadia wasn't going to shut down. At least according to his Twitter account, so it is possible that either they tried to hide it or the decision was made very recently.

Source: The Verge

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Benjamin Rosa

Madrileño whose publishing career began in 2009. I love investigating curiosities that I later bring to you, readers, in articles. I studied photography, a skill that I use to create humorous photomontages.

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