Google’s Stadia Promises to Keep Your Games Even If a Publisher Stops Supporting the Platform

Posted on July 9, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Games, Google with 7 Comments

Google’s Stadia platform made a lot of headlines when it first announced the game-streaming service earlier this year. The company recently introduced pricing and availability details, along with some of the initial games that will be available on the platform.

There is still a ton of questions about Stadia, however. And the eagle-eyed folks at 9to5Google noticed that the company quietly updated the FAQ for Stadia on Google Support, sharing some more details on the platform. One of the notable changes was the addition of a new section that enlists what would happen in the case of a publisher dropping out of the platform.

Google says that once you purchase a game on Stadia, you will continue to be able to play the game even if the publisher pulls the game from Stadia. There is still a lot of grey area here, though. Google says Stadia will “aim to keep any previously purchased title available for gameplay” outside of “unforeseen” circumstances. And although that’s promising, these “unforeseen” circumstances could be a lot of different things.

There have been multiple cases of game publishers pulling their games from stores in the past, so this gives a bit of hope for Stadia customers who are scared about losing their games. For example, if Microsoft strikes a deal with a game publisher, leading to the publisher pulling the game from Stadia, you’d still be able to play the game on Stadia. At least that’s the plan, of course. But let’s not forget about the “unforeseen” circumstances.

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