Just moments ago, Google announced the news that they will be shutting down their gaming service, Stadia, this January. Google states that while their ideologies toward gaming have led to creating a great foundation in the gaming space, Stadia simply is not catching on.
Google outlines in their blog post that they 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.”
As with most corporate blunders, Google goes on to pat themselves on the back for Stadia shaking up gaming, going so far as to say that Stadia “transcends” gaming, despite being a clear and utter failure. It is always amusing to see a corporation do this sort of thing amidst failure. They always have to discuss how proud they are of their attempt and how despite the service shutting down and costing millions or more, they set out to do what they aimed.
We get it.
But honestly, the idea behind Stadia never seemed to catch on with any hardcore gamers. Simply relying on streaming a game over a network rather than utilizing local hardware always seemed like a bizarre choice to us. And anyone who considers themselves a gamer certainly scratched their heads a few times regarding Google’s gaming model. Regardless, it was something that was destined to flatline sooner than later. We are just surprised it took this long.
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