In another positive sign about how Google's Stadia streaming service is performing, the search giant is now giving away Premiere Edition bundles away to folks who subscribe to YouTube Premium.
Per RandomNoobYT on Twitter, people who were paying for the paid tier of Google's video service as of November 6th are eligible to collect their free Stadia Premiere Edition package. Previously, this cost $129 and came with the Stadia controller, a Chromecast Ultra dongle for TVs and three months of Stadia Pro. In June, Google cut the price to $99, with users now only receiving one month of Stadia Pro for free.
At the moment, users in the United States, UK and Canada can claim this reward, as reported by 9to5Google.com.
Google Stadia was rolled out in November 2019 with a rather baffling release. The streaming service was missing a number of features on launch that previously been announced, while the slate of games available Day One was very low. Oh, and users complained about Stadia causing Chromecasts to overheat.
Google snapped up Typhoon Studios in December of last year to join its first-party Stadia Games and Entertainment line-up, following Jade Raymond setting up a studio in Montréal.
In April of this year, Stadia GM and VP Phil Harrison said that people could play its the Pro tier of its service for free for two months, with the outfit ditching the Stadia Base branding that it previously had announced for its free tier.
We haven't had a single word from Google about how Stadia has performed so far. The service – or the company's games business – has not been mentioned once in financial reports or calls with investors of parent firm Alphabet.
Anecdotal evidence doesn't seem to suggest it's been a huge success. For example, at the start of 2020, it seemed that Bungie's Destiny 2 had lost over half of its active player base on the platform.