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Google Winds Down Stadia Game-Streaming Service Three Years After Launch

  • The streaming service failed to gain traction with players
  • Google will refund Stadia hardware purchases and games
An employee wears a Stadia t-shirt in Cologne, Germany.

An employee wears a Stadia t-shirt in Cologne, Germany.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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Google said it will terminate services for Stadia, its troubled cloud gaming service, after it failed to gain traction with players almost three years after its launch. 

Stadia was an attempt from Alphabet Inc.’s Google to take on the video game console giants with a platform of its own. Unlike traditional consoles, Stadia allowed users to play games on devices such as Android phones and Chromecast apps for TV, by funneling data directly from Google’s server clusters. Its subscription cost $10 a month.