Google is officially shutting down its ambitious game streaming project, Stadia, said Phil Harrison, vice president and general manager of Stadia, in a blog post published Thursday. The announcement comes less than three years after the cloud-gaming console launched.
Stadia will shut down in January 2023.
Harrison said that players who bought Stadia hardware and games will get a refund for their purchases.
“We’re grateful to the dedicated Stadia players that have been with us from the start,” Harrison said. “We 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. Players will continue to have access to their games library and play through January 18, 2023 so they can complete final play sessions. We expect to have the majority of refunds completed by mid-January, 2023. We have more details for players on this process on our Help Center.”
Google Stadia was officially revealed in March 2019, at that year’s Game Developers Conference. The cloud-gaming platform launched in November that year.