Google likes bundling freebies with its products and services. In the past few months, Pixel 5 and 4a 5G buyers got a bunch of service subscriptions for free with their purchase, Chromebook owners were able to redeem three months of YouTube Premium, Google One subscribers got three months of Stadia Pro, and some YouTube Premium users received a free channel membership and/or a Nest Mini. Another promo is joining the fray today, also for YouTube Premium subscribers but only in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain (for now), letting them redeem a Stadia Premiere Edition bundle for free instead of its original $100 / £90 / €100 price.
The promo was spotted by @GemStadia several days ago but only started going live on November 10 in the US and UK and November 16 in the rest of the countries. Users are getting a message upon opening the YouTube app that tells them they can claim their freebie, but don't despair if you don't see that. You can still manually visit this URL stadia.google.com/SdFGljSduV5z and see if the option is available to you.
A terms and conditions screenshot shared by Twitter user @RandomNoobYT shows that you need to be a paid YouTube Premium member since November 6, so new subscribers or those on a free trial will probably be out of luck. Current reports from those who've tried it line up with that. On the upside, if you have a family Premium membership, every user seems to be able to claim their own freebie. Neat.
Once you accept the offer, you'll have to wait an hour for a redemption link for the Stadia Premiere Edition on the US/UK Google Store. You have until the end of the year to use it and get your gift.
If you're still ambivalent about Stadia, this seems like a good way to test the waters. You can also read more about the Pro and free tiers and check games' availability in our exhaustive Stadia roundup. But if all else fails, you'd still have a free Chromecast Ultra, and that seems to be worth the few clicks on its own.
Still waiting to get your offer for a free Stadia Premiere Edition? Well, if you're in the US we've got some bad news for you — the Stadia team has just let us know that this promotion has run out of stock in the States.
While that's a bummer, the good news is that the offer not only continues in the UK, but Google plans to bring it to YouTube Premium subscribers in even more countries, starting sometime early next week.
Now live in more countries
We've updated the article to reflect that the offer is now available in Canada, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. Make sure you move quickly if you're eligible, as the US store has already run out of stock.
- Adam Meredith