Google Stadia didn't have the best of launches, but the internet giant is keen to encourage people to give its cloud gaming service a shot. You can now get three months of Google Stadia for free… that is, if you're a YouTube Premium subscriber.
A Free Shot at Google Stadia
Google announced this new bonus on the Stadia Community website in one of its "This Week on Stadia" posts. The post covers a few interesting topics, such as a "First on Stadia" release called Young Souls and a chance to play The Elder Scrolls Online for free for around two weeks.
However, tucked away at the bottom of the post is this golden nugget:
Our friends over at YouTube are generous folks, and they’re offering 3 months of Stadia Pro to YouTube Premium subscribers. The offer’s available to new Stadia users and will automatically apply to eligible accounts when they sign up for Stadia.
Unfortunately, this does mean the people who can redeem this bonus are quite slim. Not only do you need to subscribe or be subscribed to YouTube Premium, but you also need to not have an existing Stadia account for the free months to work.
Not only that, but you need to be in one of the 13 countries that support the plan. The countries are Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States.
If you tick all the boxes and you want to get in on this deal, you can check out all the details on the Stadia Pro offer terms and conditions.
It's a good idea to read about what Google Stadia is before you jump in, because the service works a little differently than other cloud gaming services. For instance, while other cloud services pull games from your existing library, Stadia asks you to buy games on its platform before playing them.
Can Google Stadia Convince People to Stay?
If you're someone who fits the restrictions for the Google Stadia Pro trial, you can get three months for free when you sign up. We'll just have to see if this is enough to encourage people to stay on with the service.
Google Stadia hasn't had a resounding effect on us in the past. For instance, we recently published a piece on why we stopped playing with Stadia for the time being.