Are they going to close Google Stadia? The tech giant responds

Are they going to close Google Stadia

In November 2019, Stadia was released, Google’s cloud gaming platform that promised to take us straight into the future and allow us to enjoy any release anywhere in the world. The only requirement was to have a device with a screen, gamepad or touch panel and an internet connection. But from that same day many already gave up on the gaming leg of the technological giant. Has that moment come now?

A bumpy road

It is true that in these nearly two years and eight months the path of Stadia has been, to say the least, quite bumpy. And that is due to two essential issues that those from Mountain View have not been able to manage correctly: on the one hand, the catalog of games, which has not grown as expected at the rate of the many novelties that reached the market; and on the other, the change in strategy a few months later, where it seemed that the building that was put into operation at the end of 2019 was being scrapped.

To the second belong the closures of the studios acquired in the moments prior to the launch of the platform, the refusal to continue collaborating with developers who were focused on Stadia and who ended up launching their creations on other platforms (such as The Quarry or the next Stadia project). Hideo Kojima) and the departure of some industry stars who had signed on to run the division , such as Jade Raymond, one of the creators of the Assassin’s Creed franchise .

The fact is that this buzz continues to be heard throughout the industry and proof of this was the tweet of a user who asked Google on Twitter if he was going to close Stadia . The response was immediate and from the cloud gaming service they categorically stated that « Stadia does not close. Rest assured, we’re always working to bring more great games to the platform and to Stadia Pro. Let us know if you have any other questions.”

Stadia not closed yet?

Although the answer could leave us alone, the truth is that another one cannot be expected from Google since the only alternative to that blunt refusal would have been silence. What has been sounding for months is that those from Mountain View are not going to throw away all the effort made and believe that they have an important gap in the future of streaming video games.

By far Stadia is, of all existing systems, the one that works best, not only in latency and response but also in image and sound quality. Both in the case of Sony with its remote gaming and Microsoft with Xbox Cloud Gaming, no matter how good quality they are, they do not reach what Google offers with that 4K broadcast of the Pro subscription. So if no more news lands on the platform at rhythm that users need… what future awaits you?

Stadia is looking for companies that cannot invest millions in cloud gaming to see a way out of its technology, not just to offer specific games, but rather flat rates that include all its releases. Ubisoft already does it and Electronic Arts too, so we should not rule out that in the near future more and more alternatives of this type will continue to appear.

Stadia does not close at the moment but it is also true that Google should share with its many users and fans the plans it has for the future because, as long as it does not do that, the shadow of the closure will continue to hang over its head (and more with alternatives like Amazon Moon ).