The news that Stadia is shutting down is a bit of a surprise, but no cleaning spit takes coffee off its screen. Stadia’s offering has never sounded so good: Here are some games you like, but with video compression, extra input lag and other internet issues, and they cost full price, plus a subscription fee if you want 4K streaming. There were some good features, and Stadia worked as well as any game streaming can work right now, but Google really Leeroy Jenkins the whole thing by launching it before it was ready, chivalrously starting an in-house game studio and then axing it. it after a year, and making a ridiculous announcement that failed to communicate why anyone should take a chance on the service.
It’s classic Google: There’s a website dedicated to recalling products that the search and advertising giant has buried. Maybe that bold willingness to fail is why Google has a market cap of over a trillion dollars and I don’t, but it’s not great for the people who trusted the company’s commitment to Stadia. Stadia users will lose access to their games, and although they are getting refunds, many save files will disappear into the void. Meanwhile, game developers who made Stadia versions of their games seem to have lost their time, and based on the feedback we’re seeing, they’ve found out that Stadia is gone at the same time.
From disappointment to I-told-you-sos, here’s how the gaming industry is taking the news.
Destiny 2 game director Joe Blackburn
The developers at Stadia have created a development platform that has enabled us to continue creating and evaluating Destiny 2 at home for the past few years. I’m sure today is rough for a lot of people, thanks for helping us make games.September 29, 2022
Rocksteady senior game developer Aadit Doshi
To be fair, Google Stadia has faced terrible difficulties in the past 3 years, having to deal with:- a global pandemic forcing people to turn to online entertainment.- graphics card and console shortages, creating a high demand for alternatives. If only they hit the market at a better timeSeptember 29, 2022
(I got them.)
Necrosoft Games Director Brandon Sheffield
I know everyone’s having a good laugh about it, but stadiums had the best dev revenue of any streaming service, and launching Hyper Gunsport there will immediately pay back our dev costs. We launched there in November and are now in a much more difficult situation. https://t.co/ZM8MfKrc5ASeptember 29, 2022
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney
Google has made a really solid and good-natured effort with Stadia, supporting many developers along the way. F https://t.co/ShDFbZYaOuSeptember 29, 2022
SFB Games co-founder Tom Vian
Tangle Tower was going to launch on Stadia in 2 days, and this article was the first I heard about it closing 😢 https://t.co/Pu0UPTQlRnSeptember 29, 2022
Another game developer, Rebecca Heineman, replied to the above tweet: “We have a title coming out November 1st. Now we’re hearing about this.”
Game developer and consultant Rami Ismail
Part of me is so saddened by Google’s spectacular mishandling of Stadia. When it was first presented to me, long before launch, they had so many great ideas – but conservative strategies, lack of trust in devs, and absolute underinvestment – it killed it. https://t.co/ykhD5qZYyNSeptember 29, 2022
Creator, host and accessibility advocate Steve Saylor
Very sad to see, especially for all the people working so hard to make this work. My heart goes out to them all. Stadia had such huge potential. Even for accessibility, they were one of the first to list accessibility information about games in the store. Sad to see it go. https://t.co/k801OkF2dMSeptember 29, 2022
No More Robots director Mike Rose
Oh my god https://t.co/3lX9ExEfKBWe have a game coming to Stadia in November. Who wants to guess that Google will refuse to pay us the money they owe us for thisSeptember 29, 2022
PC Gamer has reached out to Google for comment on what its closure means for studios that had deals with Google for Stadia games, such as Mike Rose, or who independently worked on Stadia versions of their games.
For Stadia users, the service will remain operational until January 18, 2023. As for save games, Google says that it may be possible to hold progress in “some games that support cross-progress play on other platforms,” which I assume means games like Destiny 2. “For the majority of games,” however, Google says saving progress “will not be possible.”