Google reveals official Stadia shutdown time

Google has officially revealed when its Stadia game streaming service will shut down for good. In case you missed it, in September 2022 Google revealed that it would finally pull the plug on Stadia in early 2023. And while this news didn’t shock much, given that Stadia is in the as Google expected, its closure is still something that will affect a fair number of people when the time comes.

In a message to The edge, Google has confirmed that Stadia will officially go offline on January 18 in just under a week. The service will be discontinued specifically on this date at 11:59 PM PT. After this time, Stadia will be completely unusable, meaning any games you’ve purchased through the service will become inaccessible. And while this may sound completely unfair to those who spent money through the service, Google has already announced that it’s working on making amends with customers.

As part of Stadia’s earlier closure announcement, Google confirmed it would refund money to anyone who ever purchased a game through Stadia. These refunds also apply to hardware purchases Stadia users may have made through Google’s own store. As a whole, Google started pushing these refunds in late 2022 and continues to do so leading up to Stadia going offline. So if you’re still waiting for your own refund, keep an eye on your inbox over the next few days.

Going forward, it seems unlikely that Google will dive into the gaming space again in the same way. While major companies such as Amazon, Google, Netflix and others have tried to entrench themselves more strongly in video games in recent years, the failure of Stadia is likely to keep Google away from this market for quite some time. And even if Google wants to give gaming another chance, it seems clear that Stadia will never return, in any capacity.

Have you ever used Stadia for yourself when it was still live? And if so, are you going to give the service one last spin before it goes offline next week? Let me know in the comments or reach out to me on social media at @MooreMan12.

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