It’s no secret that Stadia hasn’t been nearly as successful as Google would have liked. Now rumors are emerging that the end of the cloud gaming service is very close.
Needless to say, Google Stadia has fallen far short of the internet giant’s expectations. The concept of having to buy games for Stadia, instead of simply setting up a cloud gaming service in connection with Steam, Epic Games Store and other stores as with GeForce NOW, didn’t really work that well. It has been rumored for a long time that Google will eventually further reduce the service or even shut it down completely.
The Twitter account Killed by Google, which has been keeping an eye on Google services that are being or have been closed for some time, has now surfaced the rumor that the closure of Google Stadia could come sooner than expected.
Accordingly, Stadia could be put on hold by the end of the summer. A license transfer is not planned, i.e. all purchases made from Stadia would then be null and void. Rumor has it that Google could do something similar to what they did with Play Music. In other words, after a notification about 30-60 days before the closure, the end would be there.
However, Killed by Google notes that these rumors are unconfirmed and cannot be verified at this time. However, there have been reports before, including from Business Insider, that Google Stadia could be converted into a new service called Google Stream, which would only work in a company-oriented manner – gaming would then probably fall under the table or at least only continue to operate to a limited extent.
So it remains exciting to see what the future of Google Stadia looks like.