Refund For Google Stadia: The decision by Google to shut down Stadia has been found to be a costly one, as fans estimate that the average refund will cost the company approximately $900 per individual. A player calculation has been published on the Google Stadia subreddit, in which users have tallied up all of the Stadia games and hardware they have purchased during the short life of the product.
It follows Google’s announcement that all Stadia purchases would be refunded, regardless of when they were made. In the case of Stadia, the company intends to complete all refunds by mid-January, and if the calculations on the subreddit are accurate, it will be a very costly endeavor.
“Pretty bummed about the news, but… it looks like I will [be] getting $1,095.23 back,” writes Reddit user sickac. “Now – how much are you all getting?! Let’s find [the] biggest winner!”
Based on data collected from 61 users, the average refund is $920. It is evident that shutting down Stadia will not be a simple task for Google if that figure represents what users were spending on the service across the board.
The number of active monthly users of Stadia was reported to be 750,000 in 2020, for example. Even if we assume that only half of these players actively seek refunds from Google, that amounts to $345,000,000.
It is safe to assume that the fans over on Reddit are more dedicated than the average player. Still, according to sickac’s calculations, if 100,000 active users seek refunds, Google will incur a cost of $92,000,000.
No matter what, Stadia users are still being cheated even if their money is being refunded. Some players are unsure what to do next, with Stadia’s flexibility and relatively low cost being the only way for them to play games. While Xbox does intend to bring Game Pass to smart TVs in the near future, the death of Stadia has left a huge gap in the market that does not appear likely to be filled any time soon.