Google is not shutting down Stadia. While it might seem surprising that the company has resorted to making a public announcement regarding the matter, Google has come under fire over the past few days after a rumour regarding the gaming platform’s future appeared online. Late last week, a Twitter account called “Killed by Google” reported that Google was prepping to cancel its cloud gaming platform, Google Stadia.
While at first, the claim was a simple “hearsay” situation, the rumour slowly drew the attention of the internet and subscribers started to worry about the future of their content purchases and subscriptions. The Twitter account claimed that “a friend of theirs” who worked at Google heard about the platform’s death and that Google planned on shutting down Stadia by the end of August 2022.
The rumour had no real substance from the start. The account could not link to a reliable source and after people started to question where they got the information, the account claimed it was “spotted on Facebook.” Sadly, it was too late and the fake news spread to media outlets and Reddit before people started to believe that Google Stadi was truly dead.
Google says that everything is fine at its Stadia division and the platform is not shutting down. In a tweet reply to a user asking about the platform’s closure the account replied by saying “Stadia is not shutting down. Rest assured we’re always working on bringing more great games to the platform and Stadia Pro. Let us know if you have other questions.”
Stadia is not shutting down. Rest assured we’re always working on bringing more great games to the platform and Stadia Pro. Let us know if you have other questions.
— Stadia ☁️🎮 (@GoogleStadia) July 29, 2022
While this is good news, it doesn’t address the elephant in the room. Google Stadia still isn’t a viable platform for gamers to invest in. It is only available in limited regions and while other gaming platforms get new games on a regular basis, Google Stadia’s game library is a sad cry in comparison. Will Google Stadia ever be shut down? Who knows at this point.
— Killed by Google 🌻🇺🇦 (@killedbygoogle) July 28, 2022