One of the main concerns fans share for Google Stadia is Google’s vague policy about video game ownership. Streaming services have a history of failure which doesn’t make it easy to put confidence into Stadia. Google was asked to clarify its policy during a Reddit AMA but the company once again failed to openly discuss it. What happens to your games if Google Stadia shuts down? Let me rephrase the question, what happens to the game you paid for if Stadia shuts down?
Google Stadia product manager, Andrey Doronichev held a Reddit AMA, and said this is the question his team gets a lot. He expressed his understanding of the fears people have. However, his comments not once actually answered the question. Instead, he asked the community to have faith in Google’s commitment to Stadia video games streaming service.
What Happens to Your Games If Stadia Shuts Down?
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.
Google will support a feature called “takeout” which allows players to download the metadata and game saves on local hardware. But once Google Stadia shuts down you might not be able to play your games anymore. “Might” being the keyword here. The problem is that we don’t know what happens and Google’s answer never clearly gives a “yes” or “no.”
Google Stadia games lineup looks pretty good and the company is able to sign deals with the likes of Ubisoft, Bethesda, and Gearbox. But until we know about ownership situation it is always going to be hard to invest in Stadia. Unfortunately for Stadia, that’s not the only problem with the streaming service.