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Breaking: Google is shutting down Google Stadia

Google has announced that it is shutting down its game streaming service Google Stadia on January 18th, 2023.

For now players will be able to access their Google Stadia game libraries, but come mid-January they'll lose access to those titles – though the Stadia controller should still work as a wired controller for non-Stdia PC games.

Thankfully, in the official blog post about the shutdown, Google’s Vice President and General Manager of Stadia has said that Google will be "refunding all Stadia hardware purchases made through the Google Store, and all game and add-on content purchases made through the Stadia store."

Google says it expects to have the "majority" of refunds completed by mid-January, and it has released a page on its help center answering questions about how the refund process will work.

Google Stadia had what could generously be called a rocky start in November 2019, launching in early access without many of the best features that had been promised in promotional material for the service. These included many of its social and multiplayer features like achievements, Crowd Play – which would allow viewers to play with streamers they’re watching – and Family Sharing – which would let families share games on one device.

Yet despite these setbacks, Google promised that it would continue to work on Stadia and make it a gaming platform that players would love. 

As recently as July 29, 2022, Google told fans in a tweet that “Stadia is not shutting down” saying that it would continue to work on the platform and bring great games to it.

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And steadily, Google did improve Stadia’s features adding many of the ones missing at its launch. On top of that, it added a few platform-exclusive games and expanded the Stadia library with third-party titles too.

But the improvements never quite went far enough to compete with its rivals in the game streaming space like Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Nvidia GeForce Now.

This is a breaking news story, as we learn more about this we will update this page with everything we know.

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