Google to close Stadia cloud service and refund gamers

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Google has announced plans to shut down its Stadia cloud gaming service and refund players.

Stadia was touted as a “Netflix for games” when it launched in November 2019, allowing players to stream games online without owning a console.

But the service will now come to an end on 18 January 2023 because of a lack of “traction” with gamers.

Google has promised refunds to players who purchased its Stadia controller, as well as any games or add-on content.

It said it estimates those refunds will be completed by mid-January.