The worst news has been confirmed. Google shut down Stadia because we can’t have nice things. Also because Google has been showing us for years that it is difficult to trust it, with a backpack of excellent services that is closing and continuing to grow. Also because he arrived too early and the competition executed their own plans better than him. So Stadia is history. Technically it will be in January, but it is already a platform of the past.
However, Google has seen fit to execute a move that no one expected and is not very common when these kinds of projects get canceled. The company officially announced that will send money back to users who have paid for the service
How much money will Google give you back for shutting down Stadia
Let’s briefly recall how Stadia worked to place us in the announcement of the return of money. Stadia was a cloud gaming platform with a dual version. One of them, Pro Stadium, was the payment platform, with games in 4K and 60fps, which cost 9.99 dollars/month and which also gave access to free games every month and to take advantage of exclusive offers to buy others. The other was the Free stadiumswith games at 1080p and 30fps and it required us to buy the games to play them.
If you were a Stadia Pro user, your monthly subscription amount will not be refunded. That’s appreciated, logically, along with the games you might get for free month after month through the subscription itself. But if you bought a game taking advantage of the different offers
If you were a user of the free version of Stadia, Google will also give you back the amount of purchases you would have made. So every euro you paid for any of the Stadia Store games will be yours. In addition, and this regardless of whether you were a paying user or not, will return the amount of controls purchasedor have purchased any of the packs it was released with, whether Founders’ Edition or Premiere Edition.
- What does it return? The purchase of games, with or without an offer, and the purchase of hardware (controllers, Founders pack, Premiere pack)
- What does not come back? The amount of the Stadia Pro subscription
¿What if you bought a used Stadia Controller? Some users have decided to sell part of their Founders’ and Premiere packs after receiving them at home, and they will be the ones who will receive the refund from Google. Those who bought them second-hand will, logically, receive nothing from the company.
As for when this return will be received, Google has given no fixed date but it has given an approximate timeframe. The company said in its statement that the Stadia service as such will be operational until January 18, 2023 so that users who wish can complete campaigns or continue playing their games. And he expects all returns to be made by this date, although he says “mid-January” and not the 18th itself.
Stadia is dead. Long live Stadia.