While we will have to wait few more months to see if Stadia becomes a successful venture, consumers have voiced their concerns if they’ll keep the titles in case publishers decide to remove their games away from the game streaming service. However, recently Phil Spencer assured that owners will continue to keep the title going forward.
During the interview, when asked if players will own the titles in this case, Harrison responded, “Yes, you will still be able to access the game. Now there may be, as we’ve seen in the past, times where the developer or publisher no longer has rights to sell to new players. And that means that the game will not be available to new players, but it will continue to be available to existing players.”
However, Harrison’s comments aren’t surprising considering both Microsoft and Sony implement similar business practices in their offerings. Despite that, there are previous examples where games were removed by publishers under Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) orders. As a result, the games disappeared from the stores completely. There’s exception to the rule as if you have physical copy or download copy locally, you will still own the property.
At the moment, Google is taking pre-orders for Stadia, it’s game streaming service that will allow users to stream their games from the service’s server to any device. Although the service will debut with a paid version, Google said that a free tier will be available for gamers sometime later next year.