Many people wonder if Google killed Stadia or what happened to Google Stadia. Is Stadia dead? Well in this article you’ll find the answer to that question.
Google Stadia is not dead. Despite Google shutting down its internal game development studio in February 2021, a big bet has been made to assist third-party developers to launch games on Google Stadia, and the library of games is growing faster than ever.
At this moment there are an estimated 2 million Stadia users so it’s a very healthy cloud gaming platform.
Stadia Games and Entertainment division closing
In February 2021, Stadia’s Phil Harrison shared that Google was shutting down their Stadia Games and Entertainment division and ending the development of first-party, Google-made video games.
Many people consider Google aborting their plans to make their own games for Stadia was a sign that their bet in the cloud gaming service was ending and the service had a short time to live. If Google wasn’t making games for their platform, why should anyone else?
Is Stadia dead? Why people say Stadia is dead?
The Stadia Games and Entertainment division closing announcement raised a lot of concerns about Google being able to create a successful cloud gaming platform in the long term, specially after Google’s long history of cancelled projects.
This announcement was an excuse for many Stadia haters to criticize the project, and vaticinate a bad future for the cloud gaming platform.
It’s important to put such critics in perspective as some haters, specially hardcore PC and console gamers who are ultra-low latency fanatics, do not believe in Google Stadia because it makes them feel bad. This includes people that have spent thousands of dollars in gaming equipment, so the idea of a new cloud-based platform that can deliver similar gaming experiences at a fraction of the cost can be very unpleasant for them.
Google Stadia has a bright future
Stadia was launched with the goal of making your favorite games instantly available wherever you want to play them, and the Stadia’s technology has been proven to work at scale: Stadia had a really successful release of Cyberpunk 2077, demonstrating a flawless gameplay on all types of devices, including iOS, YouTube integrations, and global expansions.
At this moment the Stadia Game library contains more than 100 titles, and there are an estiamted 2 million stadia users.
In addition Google stated that they have more than 400 games in the pipeline, and that during 2021 they plan to amplify its efforts to help game developers and publishers to take advantage of its platform technology and deliver games directly to their players, so this number might rapidly increase.
Google also stated in a blog post that they are committed to the future of cloud gaming, and will continue to do their part to drive the gaming industry forward.
Not sure if this will reduce people’s concerns, but having it written makes us feel more comfortable and it probably means that Google does not have plans to shut down Stadia, at least in the short term!