Don’t miss out when Google Stadia shuts down in early 2023
While gaming on your favorite Android gaming phone, you might have immersed yourself in the Google Stadia streaming platform. But with the sudden news of an imminent Google Stadia shutdown, you might have left a sour taste in your mouth, knowing you’ve put a fair amount of time and money into the service and fearing you’ll end up empty-handed. Fortunately, you can get your money back. Google has announced that everyone will receive a refund for their Google Stadia products and games. In addition, publisher Ubisoft has also stepped up its game by allowing you to transfer your game purchases from Stadia to your PC Ubisoft account. With all of this information released after Google’s closure announcement, we’ve outlined how to participate in the return process ahead of January 18, 2023, when the doors will finally close.
entitled to refunds
Everyone is eligible to receive refunds for hardware and software products on the Google Store and Stadia Store. Specific products eligible for a refund include:
- Google Stadia controller
- Founders Edition
- Premiere Edition
- Play and Watch with Google TV packages
- Games and Addons
Unfortunately, you cannot get a refund for your Stadia Pro subscriptions. However, if you are already subscribed, you can continue playing through your Pro subscription at no additional cost until the service ends.
How to get your Google Stadia refund
Hardware purchases do not need to be returned to the Google Store, but you can track your purchases by viewing your order history on the store’s website. Just make sure you sign in with the correct account associated with your purchases. Google hasn’t released any details on how these refunds will be processed, but we should expect to find out in the run-up to the January closing date.
The Stadia Store is officially closed, so you can no longer purchase games. However, you can still view your software purchases in the payments section. Similar to hardware refunds, no details are being released yet, but most refunds are expected to be issued by the cancellation date (January 18, 2023).
All pre-orders have been automatically canceled and you will not be charged; Expect a refund to your original payment method if you’ve already been charged. If you are unable to process the refund using your original payment method, keep your email communication open – you will eventually receive email instructions on how to purchase the refund using a new payment method.
Transfer Google Stadia Ubisoft Games to PC
Ubisoft is already developing a way to transfer Ubisoft games purchased to Google Stadia so you can play those games on your PC. We suspect this will be done via Ubisoft Connect, the digital distribution and management service for Ubisoft across platforms. Rest assured that details on how this all works will be released in a timely manner.
Luckily, if you don’t own a PC to play Ubisoft titles for this particular account transfer process, all Stadia game purchases are eligible for a refund from Google.
Don’t let the upcoming shutdown stress you out
Thankfully, you won’t suffer any loss when Google Stadia officially shuts down this January. There will be ways to get your money back but it will take some patience as the methods are introduced. In the meantime, you can check out some of the best games Android has to offer, as you’ll inevitably lose access to all of the games in your Stadia library.