Google has shut down its Stadia cloud-gaming service after failing to gain the required attention the company expected.
Rumors about Stadia not meeting up to expectations started in early 2021 after Google decided to shut down Stadia services which included Stadia game development studio, Stadia Games, and Stadia Games and Entertainment (SG&E), when it was just two years old.
Stadia controllers which were designed to connect to Stadia servers over Wi-Fi, instead connecting directly to the console or PC, contain an unused Bluetooth chip Google intends to offer owners an option to redesign Stadia controllers to be able to function with Bluetooth to allow them to use the controllers with local machines once Stadia services are shut down.
Stadia always needed to be a long-term play, and Google time and time again showed that it wasn’t willing to give its all. There was always a chance Stadia could have played the really long game, and clawed its way to relevance by going for niche markets, but I think we all knew somewhere that wouldn’t have worked out. Once EA, Ubisoft, and Google itself started to give Stadia the short end of the stick, the writing was on the wall, and it was only a matter of time.
Google released one final Stadia game, ” Worm Game” to mark the closure of the services, which was the game the developers used to test the services before it went live, however, all commerce had been shut down on the Stadia platform and Stadia stores, including in-game transactions. More details about the refund process for Satdia users are available on Google’s website.