Best answer: Google revealed that upon Stadia's launch in 2019, it would be available in 14 markets, including the U.S., Canada, U.K., and parts of Europe first. The company hasn't mentioned support for Asia, South America, India, or Africa yet, although Google may expand to more markets in the future.
What's the full list of countries where Stadia is available?
Google Stadia has a limited number of initial markets that it's available in. More may be added in the future as Stadia grows and Google builds out its infrastructure, and we'll update this list as that happens.
The full list of countries that Stadia is currently available in includes:
- U.S.A., including Alaska and Puerto Rico (Stadia is not available in Hawaii or Guam)
Why just the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and parts of Europe?
Looking at the above list, there's an evident lack of several significant parts of the world, including Asia, India, Africa, South America, and large swathes of Europe. So why is Stadia limited to these 14 markets at first?
Presumably, Google sees these areas as the most important markets to target, and these regions already have decent internet infrastructures. The company otherwise did not specify the reasoning for this decision on Stadia regions. As of right now, there's no information on availability in South America, Asia, India, or Africa.
Will Stadia ever be released in other territories?
Don't expect Stadia to stop there and leave out so many markets. It's important to note that Stadia is just launching in the aforementioned regions "first." The door is open for a broader release in more territories at some point in the future. We'll be sure to update you when we have more information.
Stadia head of engineering Majd Bakar describes Google's data center network as "fiber optic links and subsea cables between hundreds of points of presence and more than 7,500 edge node locations around the globe, all connected with our network backbone." With this type of infrastructure in place on Google's end, it certainly looks as if a lot more areas will be getting the streaming service eventually.
There have been some rumors that Stadia intends to expand to more markets, notably in Europe, before the end of the year, but nothing has been substantiated or confirmed by Google yet.
What does this mean for me?
If you live in a country where Stadia is available, all you need to do is sign-up for Stadia while in that country. Keep in mind, especially in Europe where people may travel between countries a lot, that Stadia's availability, game library, and even in-game content may change between regions. If you run into issues playing or purchasing games outside of your normal area, Stadia may not be available officially there yet, or there may be some content restrictions on what games and content can be offered.
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