Google’s Stadia Cloud Gaming Platform Shuts Down Today

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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. MacRumors reports: 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 announcing the shutdown in September 2022, Google has promised to refund any and all Stadia purchases. They’ve also recently offered a tool to make Stadia controller capable of using Bluetooth, allowing them to be used with other gaming platforms.

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