In the context: As further proof that you shouldn’t believe anonymous online rumors, Google has confirmed that it has no plans to shut down its Stadia game streaming service this summer. The tech giant says it’s working to bring more “great games” to the platform, though it’s understandable why reports of Stadia’s death have been so compelling.

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The rumor stems from a couple of posts by the same user on the Stadia fan group on Facebook. They were reprinted by Cody Ogden of the Killed by Google Twitter account, which is part of Web sitealso called “Killed by Google”, which lists 267 apps, services, and devices the company has shut down over the years.

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Reports claim that an old friend of the author, who is now a Google regional manager, was briefed on Stadia’s impending demise at a workshop in California over the weekend. “They didn’t have an exact end date for service, but they said by the end of the summer. He also mentioned that they will not outsource their services or servers to any other competition per se, and as they did with Google Play Music, the same approach and exit strategy.

The post also claims that Stadia members will be informed of the service’s closure 30 to 60 days in advance, and the last month of use will be refunded as well as any remaining months.

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Google soon responded to a question about Stadia shutting down rumors: “Stadia is not shutting down. Rest assured, we are always working to bring more great games to the platform and Stadia Pro. Let us know if you have any other questions.”

android police reports that the moderator of the Facebook group where the messages were created tweeted that the user who wrote them, who uses the name Donny Japp, “has been making snide messages about Stadia for months” and was banned.

Google used the attention to its advantage by promoting a free weekend for adventure platformer Wavetale, repeating the same “my old colleague” line.

Some Twitter users don’t believe Google’s claims that none of the rumors are true, and you can see why. When the stage was announced In 2019, Google believed it could change the gaming industry and even completely replace consoles and gaming PCs, despite many previous cloud gaming services having little impact or eventually disappearing.

From day one, developers have been talking about fears that Google might cancel. Initial reviews were less than enthusiastic, missing features and performance questionsand some developers thought that Google was just overpromised. But the most ominous sign came last February when Google closed his first game studio Stadia and product lead John Justice left a few months later.

This isn’t the first time Google has had to convince people that Stadia alive and well. Tech companies grapple with economic uncertainty and demand for games and products drop, one has to wonder how long the service will last.