19 March 2020
It has not even been six months since Samsung released the PlayGalaxy Link application, the company has decided to shut down the service. It made the announcement quietly through a pop-up on the official website. It revealed that the PlayGalaxy Link app will be killed on March 27th, 2020 i.e. 10 days from today.
Samsung has not offered any clear reasoning for the decision except for citing "internal policy changes". It is unknown exactly what are those changes but it seems like the development team wants to focus on other products. This is something that has been mentioned in the official announcement as well. The post says, "This will allow our Development organization to more effectively focus its resources and add value to the next release of new product."
The shutdown notification was released on February 26th which is where Samsung mentioned all the aforementioned details. As per the schedule, it has already made some minor tweaks to the server and client for end of service as well as the end of image download functions in auto game search. The only part of the schedule remaining is the complete shutdown i.e. on March 27th.
For the uninitiated ones, PlayGalaxy Link is an app meant to help select Galaxy device users to stream PC games on their smartphones. It might sound similar to Google Stadia and NVIDIA's GeForce Now but is completely different as it does not allow purchasing PC games through the app.