Stadia is shutting down. The service will last until January 18th. All games and add-on content purchased from the Stadia store will be returned by the company. The refunds are expected to be finished in January.

Stadia, a consumer gaming service, was launched a few years ago. Stadia's approach to streaming games for consumers was built on a strong technology foundation but it hasn't gained traction with users that we expected. Stadia employees will be moved to other parts of the company.

Stadia will be made available to our industry partners, which is in line with where we see the future of gaming headed, according to a letter written by Harrison.

Stadia was one of the few cloud gaming services not mentioned when the new cloud gaming handheld was announced last week. Stadia has faced rumors of its demise from the beginning. Stadia, a cloud gaming service from a company with few ties in the gaming industry, seemed like a prime candidate for an early demise.

It was rumored last year that it would shut down after the number of games released to the platform slowed. Stadia was not shutting down when the rumors came back this year. The company said in a statement that they are always working to bring more great games to the platform. It was true until today.