Google app used by millions shuts down next week – and payouts are coming to users | The Sun

STADIA is closing down for good next week spelling the end for Google's ill-fated gaming dreams.

The entire service, and all the games purchased on it, will stop working from January 18.

It was meant to be Google's big break into streamed gaming when it launched back in November 2019.

But the project has failed to attract enough players.

Users also complained of connection issues.

All you needed was a Chromecast plugged into their TV and a Stadia controller which cost about £90.

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Google reportedly spent millions getting big name titles onboard.

The firm announced it was giving up on the idea in September.

And they started refunding disappointed players for any games they had bought in November.

Google told gamers they would give money back for any Stadia hardware purchased through the Google Store.

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This includes the Stadia Controller, Founder's Edition, Premiere Edition, and Play and Watch with Google TV packages.

They also said refunds would be given out for any games and add-on purchases through the Stadia Store.

However, you can't claim for subscription costs to access the service.

Some users reported late last year that they had received bonus refunds.

If you're expecting a refund and not had it yet, you might have to wait a little longer.

Google expects the majority to be done before the close down date.

"We ask for your patience as we work through each transaction and ask that you refrain from contacting Customer Support as they will not be able to expedite your refund during this time," Google support page says.

"We still expect the majority of refunds to be processed by January 18th, 2023."

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The company adds: " If we are unable to issue your refund to the original form of payment, we will email you at the Google account used to make the purchase.

"The email will include instructions on how to set up an alternate refund method."

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