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Google isn’t shutting Stadia down

Unlike what you could have heard during the past couple of days, Google says its not shutting down its Stadia gaming service. The business issued the statement following a rumor began circulating earlier this week that suggested it could sunset the platform later this season. Stadia isn’t shutting down, the state Stadia Twitter account told a concerned fan in a tweet spotted by PC Gamer. Be confident were always focusing on bringing more great games to the platform and Stadia Pro.

Some Stadia fans were convinced Google would finally pull the plug on the service after Cody Ogden of Killed by Google fame, a Twitter account and blog that monitors the companys constantly expanding graveyard, shared a post from the Facebook fan group. Based on the message, a vintage coworker and friend told the poster Google had recently held a gathering to go over Stadias future or lack thereof. They claimed the business would turn off the platform by the finish of the summertime and would achieve this utilizing the same strategy it employed with Google Play Music.

At that time, the only real commentary Ogden, a self-proclaimed shitposter, offered on the post was a popcorn emoji. However, that wasnt enough to avoid the rumor from sending a lot of the Stadia community, like the official subreddit, into freefall. To its credit, Google taken care of immediately the episode with some humor.

Only a heads up

Old coworker of mine is currently among the social managers for Google. That they had a fairly large seminar in California this last weekend, and long story short at this point you can play Wavetale at no additional expense on Stadia Pro until August 1:

Stadia (@GoogleStadia) July 29, 2022

That a good thinly sourced rumor caused upheaval on the list of Stadia community isnt surprising. The service has been on a protracted deathwatch since Google turn off its first-party studios. The incident highlights the unhealthy parasocial relationships people will often have with tech companies like Google. Communities which are confident within their continued existence dont respond like a few of the things that have already been hurled at me in public areas and in DMs days gone by couple days, Ogden said following the dust settled. If even the suggestion a little bit of technology could disappear completely affects you so deeply that it brings one to threats, perhaps you have to reevaluate your relationship with the tech?

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