Google Stadia will likely follow the footsteps of its product siblings, and that is lightly put, given that there are over 150 aborted siblings that have been put down by the mega-corporation. Well, during an AMA, a Stadia dev offered his two-cents on the life-span of Stadia and what will happen when the service meets its inevitable fate.
Trying to list all of the dead applications, services, and platforms that Google took to the back shed is too long to list. Luckily, there’s a compendium on killedbygoogle.com that telegraphs Stadia’s future nicely, confirming any suspicions someone might have regarding the future of the anti-consumer service.
However, Killed by Google isn’t the only website that revels in the demise of Google products. According to Stadia’s director of product, Andrey Doronichev, he says that the team gets asked a lot whether they’ll support Stadia moving forward and what will happen when the service ends.
Website gamespot.com (archive.is) features Doronichev’s words on the situation of Stadia dying and what fans can do about it whilst going on about other nonsensical analogies:
“We get this a lot. I hear you. Moving to the cloud is scary. I felt the same way when music was transitioning from files to streaming. I still have all my old CDs in the garage… although it’s hard to find a CD player these days 🙂
The same happened to Movies and Photos and my Docs and other files… And it’s great! Games are no different. Eventually all of our games will be safely in the cloud too and we’ll feel great about it. We’ve been investing a ton in tech, infrastructure and partnerships over the past few years. Nothing in life is certain, but we’re committed to making Stadia a success.
The games you buy on Stadia are yours to play. From day one we’ll support Takeout, so that you can download your game metadata, including saves if you want to.
Of course, it’s ok to doubt my words. Theres nothing I can say now to make you believe if you don’t. But what we can do is to launch the service and continue investing in it for years to come. Exactly how we’ve been doing with gMail, Docs, Music, Movies and Photos. That’s exactly what we’re committed to.”
What do saves and metadata matter if the service is dead? You won’t have anything in this scenario. Furthermore, when you buy a movie or song digitally, you can download it and play it on that device even without internet access. In other words, even if the digital store that you bought said media from closes, you’ll still have it on that device.
Stadia doesn’t work like the aforesaid explanation. You must buy each game, and each game is dependent on the live service in order to play it.
A Reddit user on the AMA who goes by the name TimScampi notes that:
“This whole AMA reeks of advertising. The dude skirts around the questions and give non-answers to everything… If anything, it has made me even less interested in stadia than before.
“What happens when Google terminates the service?
lol we wont. We’re definitely committed to this. Also, should the service close, you’ll lose everything you bought, but you’ll keep your saves ! Yay””
To sum up the whole thing, Doronichev and crew know that Stadia will fail in the long run but diverts gullible people’s attention by using disingenuous language to sugarcoat the anti-consumer service that’s all about extorting the naïve.