Google confirmed the closure of its consumer gaming service, Stadia, as it failed to attract enough interest from gamers.
“While Stadia’s approach to streaming games for consumers was built on a strong technology foundation, it hasn’t gained the traction with users that we expected,” Phil Harrison, vice president and general manager of Stadia, said in a blog post.
Google said it would 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. Google Help Center will offer additional details on refunds.
Last year, Google said it would stop development of games for Stadia, making it entirely dependent on titles from other game developers and publishers.
Google launched Stadia in 2019 along with an internal game development unit that was expected to make titles for the platform.