Google denies Stadia shutdown rumors

In context: In further proof that anonymous online rumors shouldn’t be believed, Google has confirmed that it has no plans to shut down its Stadia game streaming service this summer. The tech giant says it’s working to bring more “great games” to the platform, though it’s understandable that reports of Stadia’s death have been so compelling.

The rumor stems from a few posts by the same user on a Stadia fan group on Facebook. They were reprinted by Cody Ogden from the Killed by Google Twitter account, which is part of the website, also called Killed by Google, which lists the 267 apps, services and hardware the company has shut down over the years.

The posts claim that an old friend of the poster who is now a regional manager for Google learned about Stadia’s upcoming demise during a seminar in California over the weekend. “They didn’t have an exact date when the end of service would occur, but they said by the end of the summer. He also mentioned that they will not transfer their services or servers to another competition per se, and it will be much like they did with Google Play Music, same approach and exit strategy,” they read.

The posts also allege that Stadia members would be notified of the service’s shutdown 30 to 60 days before it was shut down, and that the last month of usage would be refunded, along with any remaining months.

Google quickly responded to a question about Stadia’s rumored shutdown with, “Stadia isn’t shutting down. Rest assured that we are always working to bring more great games to the platform and Stadia Pro. Let us know if you have any further questions. »

Android Police reports that the moderator of the Facebook group behind the posts tweeted that the user who wrote them, who uses the name Donny Jepp, had “made sarcastic posts on Stadia for months” and was banned .

Google has used the attention to its advantage, promoting a free play weekend for the adventure platformer Wavetale by repeating the same phrase “my former colleague”.

Some Twitter users don’t buy Google’s claims that none of the rumors are true, and you can see why. When Stadia was announced in 2019, Google thought it could reshape the gaming industry and even completely replace gaming consoles and PCs, despite the fact that many cloud-based gaming services haven’t had huge impact or have finally disappeared.

From day one, developers have raised concerns that Google could cancel Stadia. Initial testers were less than rave, it lacked features and performance issues, and some developers thought Google simply overpromised. But the most ominous sign came in February last year when Google shut down its Stadia games studio and product manager John Justice left a few months later.

This isn’t the first time Google has had to assure people that Stadia is alive and well. As tech companies grapple with economic uncertainty and declining demand for games and products, one has to wonder how long the service will last.

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