Stadia Savepoint: January and February updates

It’s time for another update to our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features and changes for Stadia.

So far in 2021, players have traveled the world over in the spy thriller HITMAN 3, and they’ve gone long for touchdown passes in Madden NFL 21. They’ve brawled in 16-bit action in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World™: The Game, and they’ve discovered the dark secrets of an ominous world in Little Nightmares II, available now in Stadia Pro. Subscribers to Stadia Pro also gained instant access to play new games like Hotline Miami, Figment and Enter the Gungeon on top of the existing library of Pro games available to play as soon as you sign up.

State Share launched in January — the newest platform feature available only on Stadia — and it lets you capture playable slices of supported games and share them with friends. It’s as simple as taking a capture in-game and a game state will be automatically attached. Share the state via link to give friends the chance to try the same mission or custom level, beat your high score or experience new in-game content. Try it now across the entire HITMAN – World of Assassination trilogy as well as PixelJunk Raiders (play for free in Stadia Pro). State Share will be coming to more games soon.

Hitman 3 - Now available for purchase on the Stadia store.

Play a custom game state in HITMAN 3 with State Share by clicking here to play on Stadia. You’ll need to own HITMAN 3 to use this link.

If you haven’t already, try free games like February’s new Crayta: Starter Edition, which allows everyone on Stadia to create games, share them with friends and play community creations at the click of a link. Other free games on Stadia include Destiny 2 and Super Bomberman R Online!

More than 100 games are coming to the Stadia store in 2021, including FIFA 21 (March 17), Kaze and the Wild Masks (March 26), Outriders (April 1) and Judgment (April 23). We’re also looking forward to jumping into Far Cry 6, Riders Republic and First on Stadia games like Hello Engineer.

State Share now available

State Share, available in HITMAN 1, HITMAN 2, HITMAN 3 and PixelJunk Raiders, gives players the opportunity to share a playable slice of their games with others. (See more details on our support page.)

Native Stadia support for LG TVs

In the second half of 2021, select LG televisions will include built-in access to play on Stadia.

Stadia Pro updates

January and February content launches on Stadia:

New games coming to Stadia announced in January and February:

That’s all for January and February — we’ll be back next month to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for the latest news.

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Focusing on Stadia’s future as a platform, and winding down SG&E

We launched Stadia with the goal of making your favorite games instantly available wherever you want to play them. With the recent successful launch of Cyberpunk 2077 on Stadia, gameplay on all types of devices, including iOS, growing our slate of YouTube integrations, and our global expansions, it’s clear that Stadia’s technology has been proven and works at scale. Having games streamed to any screen is the future of this industry, and we’ll continue to invest in Stadia and its underlying platform to provide the best cloud gaming experience for our partners and the gaming community. This has been the vision of Stadia since the beginning.

In 2021, we’re expanding our efforts to help game developers and publishers take advantage of our platform technology and deliver games directly to their players. We see an important opportunity to work with partners seeking a gaming solution all built on Stadia’s advanced technical infrastructure and platform tools. We believe this is the best path to building Stadia into a long-term, sustainable business that helps grow the industry.

Creating best-in-class games from the ground up takes many years and significant investment, and the cost is going up exponentially. Given our focus on building on the proven technology of Stadia as well as deepening our business partnerships, we’ve decided that we will not be investing further in bringing exclusive content from our internal development team SG&E, beyond any near-term planned games. With the increased focus on using our technology platform for industry partners, Jade Raymond has decided to leave Google to pursue other opportunities. We greatly appreciate Jade’s contribution to Stadia and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors. Over the coming months, most of the SG&E team will be moving on to new roles. We’re committed to working with this talented team to find new roles and support them. 

What does this mean if you’re a current or future Stadia gamer? You can continue playing all your games on Stadia and Stadia Pro, and we’ll continue to bring new titles from third parties to the platform. We’re committed to the future of cloud gaming, and will continue to do our part to drive this industry forward. Our goal remains focused on creating the best possible platform for gamers and technology for our partners, bringing these experiences to life for people everywhere.

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Stadia arrives in eight new European countries

We created Stadia to make great games more accessible. You don’t need to buy new hardware because Stadia works with the things you already own: laptops, desktops, compatible phones and tablets, and popular game controllers. And Stadia works instantly, without waiting for your games to download or update.

Now millions more people can play games on Stadia as it becomes available in eight new European countries. If you’re in Austria, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia or Switzerland, you can easily sign up at Access to Stadia in all these countries rolls out over the next 24 hours. Stadia now works for anyone with a Gmail address in 22 countries: Once you’ve registered, you can play Destiny 2 and Super Bomberman R Online for free immediately. 

All new Stadia users can also get one free month of Stadia Pro, our premium subscription service that includes a ton of free games just waiting for you to grab and start playing. Every game you claim on Stadia Pro is yours as long as you remain a member, and more new free games are added every month. You can continue your Stadia Pro subscription for €9.99 a month and you can opt out at any time.

And you can buy even more games in the Stadia store. Whether you’re waiting to walk the streets of Night City in Cyberpunk 2077, or become a legendary Viking warrior raised on tales of battle and glory in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, there’s something for everyone.

Subscribe to Stadia’s YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more updates. See you on Stadia!

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Stadia Savepoint: November updates

It’s time for another update to our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features, and changes for Stadia in November.

The month marked one year since Stadia launched. In the past year, we’ve quadrupled our library on the Stadia store and significantly increased the number of free games offered in Stadia Pro. In addition, we’ve introduced new ways to play like the ongoing exclusive demo of Immortals Fenyx Rising or Crowd Choice in Baldur’s Gate 3 and Dead by Daylight on YouTube. Our anniversary brought a new promotion for Cyberpunk 2077 with a free Stadia Premiere Edition, plus Destiny 2 arriving free for all Stadia players with Click to Play.

To top it all off, we announced that in the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out the first phase of iOS support to play Stadia games. The future of Stadia also holds an expansion to more countries in Europe, and the first full implementation of State Share in Hitman 3.

November was a huge month for games on Stadia, with players conquering a massive open-world in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, taking on 63 other players in PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle, and mastering their Jedi training in Star Wars™ Jedi: Fallen Order. All of these games, plus many others that arrived this month, are now available for purchase on the Stadia store. For players that are subscribed to Stadia Pro, they received instant access to a library of more than 30 games in November, with even more available on December 1.

Family Sharing

Share games that you’ve purchased on the Stadia store (or claimed within Stadia Pro) with your Google family. Learn more in our Help Center article.

Messaging on Stadia

Players can now message their friends to coordinate, cooperate and celebrate. Or use smart replies for quick responses when using a gamepad. Learn more in our Help Center article.

Capture sharing and audio improvements

Share your in-game screenshots and video captures on mobile and web by generating links. Plus, your own voice within game chat is now recorded in video captures.

Stadia profile enhancements

The Stadia profile now includes information such as game activity and a friends list, plus shortcuts for quick actions like adding players as a friend.

Stadia Pro updates

November content launches on Stadia

New games coming to Stadia announced in November

  • Chronos: Before the Ashes
  • Everspace
  • Into the Breach
  • Secret Neighbor

That’s all for November—we’ll be back soon to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for the latest news.

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Our scholarship to support women in gaming

An interactive experience that puts you in the shoes of a first responder. A multiplayer game that adjusts itself according to each players’ capabilities. A drone exploration passion project. These are just a few of the projects created over the past year by recipients of Google’s  scholarship for women in gaming.

In addition to my core role as a Partner Manager for the Stadia Global Partnerships team, I’m equally proud to lead my group’s scholarship efforts in collaboration with Google’s central scholarship and student development team. 

Google is committed to advancing gender equity in technology, and this year Google’s gaming platform, Stadia, has sponsored the Generation Google Scholarship: for women in gaming (formerly the Women Techmakers Scholarship for gaming). Stadia’s sponsorship broadens the scope of this award. The program now includes students studying video game programming, game engineering, game design and development, games user research or a closely related field in gaming.

Applications for the 2021 scholarship are open now through Dec. 4, 2020 in North America as well as inEurope, the Middle East and Africa. To learn more about who is eligible and how to apply for the Generation Google Scholarship: for the women in gaming program, and for information on all our global programs, please visit our website

We asked a few of the inaugural 2020 scholarship recipients to share a bit about what the scholarship has meant to them and what they’ve been working on since receiving their award this summer. Here’s what they said:

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Francesca Palamara

University of Southern California, MFA in Interactive Media and Game Design
Favorite game: “Life Is Strange” 

This scholarship has meant everything to me. It meant I was able to pursue my academic and professional goals stress-free. I’ve met a wonderful group of like-minded scholars, and found a supportive network across creative technology and games. Without the scholarship, I wouldn’t be able to pursue my thesis and internship as successfully, and I am extremely grateful.

Right now I am interning at Jam City as a Game Production Intern and working on completing my MFA thesis. My thesis is a case study that examines the overlooked mental and physical exhaustion of first responders. It’s a 10-15 minute 2D interactive experience that places players in the role of Alma, a Cuban nurse working at South Florida’s Children’s Hospital. This project means a lot to me because I hope to humanize the reality of first responders’ every day experiences in both pandemic and non-pandemic times and shed light on an often overlooked sacrifice.  

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Bex Ruvalcaba

Parsons School of Design/The New School, Dual-degree in BFA Design and Technology and BA Screen Studies
Favorite games: “Dig Dug,” “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”

Receiving this scholarship made it so I could fully finish my coursework for my dual-degree with confidence! Being in a five-year program does mean I have to pay for one more year of university than many of my undergraduate peers, so being able to have the funds for tuition and technology fees has been a weight off my back.

Lately I’ve been planning out a drone exploration game. There are a few technical skills I would like to gain through creating this game, like learning more about saving images in-game, but since it’s a passion project there isn’t a lot of pressure on everything being perfect. I’m also currently interning at Gabb Global alongside my coursework where I’m helping the team create mobile language learning games for a new app they’re launching soon.  I’m passionate about creating systems of play both in physical and virtual form, and hope to be creating fun, interactive exhibits in the near future.

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Tabea Marzlin 

Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Computer Science, Certificate in Graphics, Gaming, and Media
Favorite game: “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess”

This scholarship enabled me to focus entirely on my education. I was able to invest in new technical equipment to work on games from home efficiently, too. Most importantly, the many incredible women I  met through the scholarship have been a huge inspiration and source of friendship. We’ve bonded over video calls, sharing helpful industry advice, and having casual game nights together.

Currently, I’m studying online full-time, taking courses to further my game development knowledge in areas related to computer graphics, animation, and digital media. I successfully completed an internship as a Tools Programmer for Ubisoft Halifax over the summer, and look forward to returning to the studio for another work term next year. I believe games can push our technical and artistic limits, and tell new types of stories people can connect with. I want to use my knowledge and creativity to help shape the next generation of games as a lead programmer on a meaningful project.

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Miri Nudelman

Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, MDes, Video Game Design and Development
Favorite game: “Portal”

It’s been an incredible opportunity to meet (virtually) other like-minded influential women who take initiative to increase the number of women in tech and in gaming. The scholarship also allows me to pay for my master’s degree and to take extra courses outside the required curriculum.

Currently I work as a data developer at a gaming company. I’m also working on a multiplayer game that focuses on inclusive gameplay. The game collects data about the players’ skill while they play. It analyzes this and adjusts the difficulty during the game for each player individually. This way everyone can play together no matter how skilled each player is. We all learn from playing. Even if the game doesn’t aim to be educational,  it still teaches you something (a new mechanic for example), and that’s what makes it fun.

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Adriana Mallary

Brunel University London, PhD in Games Research
Favorite game: “Dragon Age: Origins”

 This scholarship  made it possible to research and pursue my dreams. It has given me access to VR, which allows me to program prototypes and test them at home. It  also supported the overall funding of my degree. Most importantly, however, is that it gave me access to the Google community.

I’m currently beginning my research journey for my PhD, so I’ve been exploring a number of topics. My primary focus is how the design of VR games can meet our psychological needs. As of now, I’m focusing on embodiment in games, embodied cognition, engagement and mechanics in VR, natural interaction/interaction design, and emotional design. I want to understand how and why certain player affordances in VR can affect our own psychology, which will hopefully make designing effective and impactful VR interactions easier for the industry in the future.

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Stadia Savepoint: October updates

It’s time for another update to our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features, and changes for Stadia in October.

This month we celebrated some Good Stuff on Stadia, teaming up with YouTube Creators Lamarr Wilson and LaurenZside who revealed free and exclusive week-long demos for PAC-MAN™ Mega Tunnel Battle and Immortals Fenyx Rising, plus an OpenDev Beta for HUMANKIND. We can’t wait for these amazing games to launch on Stadia, starting with PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle on November 17. Over three days we also revealed new games and content coming to Stadia including the Drastic Steps expansion for Orcs Must Die! 3 (Nov. 6), Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Nov. 24), ARK: Survival Evolved (early 2021), Hello Engineer (2021), Young Souls (2021), and Phoenix Point (2021).

Throughout October, players explored a Dungeons & Dragons adventure in Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access, fought against a surveillance state in Watch Dogs: Legion, and carved their path to vengeance in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. All of these games, plus many others that arrived this month, are now available for purchase on the Stadia store. For players that are subscribed to Stadia Pro, they received instant access to a library of 29 games in October, with even more available on November 1.

Stadia Games Available Now and Coming Soon

Crowd Choice now available

Crowd Choice, available in Baldur’s Gate 3 and Dead by Daylight, changes how games unfold when live streaming on YouTube. Viewers have the power to vote on decisions made by the player in each game.

Play Stadia with mobile data

Mobile data gameplay has graduated from Experiments and is now a fully supported feature on Stadia to play games using 4G and 5G. Data usage may use up to 2.7GB/hr. Gameplay is service-, network-, and connection-dependent, and this feature may not be available in all areas.

Referral rewards for friends and family

Refer someone for a free trial of Stadia Pro and they’ll get an extra free month of games. Plus, if they subscribe after their trial is up, you’ll get an extra free month of Stadia Pro as well. Terms apply.

Push notifications on mobile

Receive notifications in the Stadia app on Android and iOS devices about Stadia Pro games, incoming friend requests, and more.

Stadia Pro updates

October content launches on Stadia

New games coming to Stadia announced this month

That’s all for October—we’ll be back soon to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

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Stadia Savepoint: September updates

It’s time to share another update in our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features, and changes we made to the platform in September.

Players joined Kamala Khan, Iron Man, and Captain America to overcome evil in Marvel’s Avengers, shot hoops with the pros in NBA 2K21, and fought to escape an alien planet in Risk of Rain 2. All of these games, plus many others that arrived in September, are now available for purchase on the Stadia store. Stadia Pro subscribers gained instant access to more than 25 games, plus Free Play Days for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and The Crew 2.

We revealed new games coming soon for players to get excited about including a showcase of Immortals Fenyx Rising from Ubisoft, the action-packed open-world RPG available for pre-order that’s launching Dec. 3. Plus, Stadia is the only place where players will be able to try a demo of Immortals Fenyx Rising for themselves, arriving later this year. Our partners also shared news about other upcoming Stadia games, like Baldur’s Gate 3 (Oct. 6), Cake Bash (Oct. 15), and Hitman 3 (Jan. 20).

Yesterday’s Launch Night In event revealed that the all-new Chromecast with Google TV will add support for Stadia in the first half of 2021. Plus, as of this morning Dead by Daylight is now available on the Stadia store and in Stadia Pro with Crowd Choice, the new Stadia feature that lets you take control of the action as it unfolds live on YouTube.

USB-C headset support on Chromecast and web

Plug your USB-C headset into a Stadia controller when playing on Chromecast or on Web.

Stadia Pro updates

September content launches on Stadia

New games coming to Stadia announced in September

That’s all for September—we’ll be back soon to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

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Stadia Savepoint: August updates

It’s the end of August, and that means it’s time for another update in our Stadia Savepoint series, detailing the additions we’ve made to the Stadia platform this month.

In August, players experienced the best of professional golf in PGA Tour 2K21, battled demons on Mars in DOOM and explored a beautiful hand-drawn adventure in Spiritfarer, in addition to many other new games now available for purchase on the Stadia store. Stadia Pro subscribers gained instant access to 23 games this month, the most free games we’ve offered yet–plus access to the first Free Play Days event for Borderlands 3. Our partners revealed new games coming soon to Stadia, including Larian Studios who announced that Baldur’s Gate 3 will be arriving in Early Access on Sept. 30.

Stadia Games Available Now and Coming Soon

The games we’ve already announced, with many more to come later this year.

We also introduced new deals for players featuring Stadia Pro and products:

  • Get $10 off when you purchase the Claw and the Stadia Controller together on the Google store to play Stadia on your mobile device. Offer ends Aug. 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
  • If you’re not yet a Pro member, get three free months of Stadia Pro as a perk with any eligible Chromebook released after June 2017.

Game volume slider on Chromecast and web

We’ve added a separate game volume slider to all audio settings on the Stadia platform. You can adjust the sliders for max volume, game audio and voice chat independently on Chromecast and in a Chrome browser.

Stadia Pro updates

Recent content launches on Stadia

That’s all for August—we’ll be back soon to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

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Stadia Savepoint: July updates

With July coming to a close, let’s take a look back at our latest Stadia Connect and some other updates we’ve brought to Stadia this month.

In our Stadia Connect, we announced 16 new games and five exclusives on their way to players, representing titles from publishers including Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, 2K Games, Square Enix and Activision. With titles like Outcasters and Orcs Must Die! 3 that are Only on Stadia and exclusive for a limited time, plus new partnerships with Harmonix, Uppercut Games and Supermassive Games for upcoming games, we’re bringing an immense amount of content for players to look forward to. And if you want to try out our first Stadia Games and Entertainment title, Orcs Must Die! 3, click here to play instantly if you already own the game or are a Pro subscriber.

As for other news in July, Stadia players created and played multiplayer games in Crayta and tore up the track in F1® 2020, in addition to many other games now available for purchase on the Stadia store. We also worked with our partners to announce new games coming soon to Stadia including Strange Brigade on August 1, Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break on August 14 into Stadia Pro, plus Celeste, El Hijo: A Wild West Tale, Far Cry 6 and Sniper Elite 4 arriving soon. Stay tuned for these games, plus PGA Tour 2K21 on August 21.

Play Stadia with mobile data

Opt in to a new Experiment rolling out within the Stadia app to play games using 4G and 5G on your Android mobile device. This feature may increase mobile data usage up to 2.7GB/hr. Gameplay is service-, network-, connection-, and game-dependent, and this Experiment may not be available for all games in all areas. 

State Share Beta with Crayta

Experience State Share Beta, an early version of the Stadia Enhanced Feature called State Share, within Crayta. Just create a link and share it with other players, sending them instantly into your game to collaborate while creating games or to play together.

Game stats on web

We’ve added support for developers to introduce player statistics, such as total time played and games won. They’re visible within the Achievements list on

More important features

  • Find your friends on Stadia via their Gmail address.
  • Browse the Stadia store and Home page via Landscape mode, now supported in the Stadia app on mobile devices.
  • Use the Google Assistant button on the Stadia Controller while playing games on Chromecast to get access to quick answers and actions.

Stadia Pro updates

Recent content launches on Stadia

New games coming to Stadia

That’s it for July—we’ll be back soon to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

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Stadia Savepoint: June updates

With June coming to an end, it’s time for another update in our Stadia Savepoint series. Here are the updates we’ve made this month to the Stadia platform:

Touch controls on mobile

Access touch controls within any game on your mobile device when a controller is not already connected.

Expanded OnePlus compatibility

Stadia is now compatible with OnePlus 5, OnePlus 6, and OnePlus 7 series mobile devices. More info here

Per-device resolution settings

Added the ability to set your preferred resolution on each device that you play Stadia on. 

Experiments tab supports additional mobile devices

Any Android phone that can install the Stadia app can play games using the Experiments tab in the settings menu. 

Wireless Stadia Controller functionality on mobile

We’re rolling out support for wireless play using the Stadia Controller on your mobile device. Just link your Stadia Controller to your phone by following the linking code shown on your screen.

This month, players adventured across the lands of Tamriel in The Elder Scrolls Online and learned how to pull off trick combos on boats in Wave Break, in addition to many other games now available for purchase on the Stadia store. We also announced new games coming to Stadia, including the survival adventure Windbound on August 28 and a chance to enter a world inspired by classic JRPGs with Cris Tales on November 17.

If you sign up for Stadia, you’ll get one free month of Stadia Pro and instant access to eighteen games, including PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, Zombie Army 4: Dead War, Destiny 2: The Collection, and The Elder Scrolls Online. In addition, if you’ve ever signed up for Stadia Pro, you’ll receive $10 off on your next purchase of any game from the Stadia store. 

Start playing Stadia on your TV for $99.99 with the new Stadia Premiere Edition, complete with a Stadia Controller and Chromecast Ultra. 

Stadia Pro updates

Recent content launches on Stadia

New games coming to Stadia

That’s it for June—we’ll be back soon to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, and Twitter for the latest news.

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