Google is by no means a sign that it needs more users, offering a free Stadia Premiere Edition suite to anyone who buys or pre-orders a Stadia game at full price. The announcement runs from now until 11:59 PM PT on October 10 and redemption codes will be sent out by October 20.
The Stadia Premiere Edition kit, which typically costs around $80, includes a Chromecast Ultra and a white Stadia console. To get the free game, you have to buy Stadia for $59.99 or more. Whether you know this well depends on your attitude to Google's gaming service, which hasn't (or at all) threatened consoles and PCs as expected.
If you use the offer, you have until November 20 to save the code. Offer valid in the US, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Austria and Switzerland. Google says it's available as long as the resources are available, although it's hard to imagine the company's completion. August saw three months of Stadia Pro for YouTube Premium subscribers. The same set was eligible to receive the free Stadia Premiere Edition software package last November, and the sets were also donated to buyers of Stadia Cyberpunk 2077 and Resident Evil Village editions.
Not everything has been looking so rosy on Stadia for a while. The shutdown of Google, Stadia's first game studio at the start of the year, was a major sign of its problems. John Justis, product manager, left in May. That same month, Google said Stadia was "alive and well," the line companies usually set up if they're far away. Even Sweeney's team seems to think they have a problem.
Sweeney: "I understand that Google Stadia has shrunk a lot since its launch to the public."- Adi Robertson (half-sequence) May 4, 2021
To be fair, Google's services, now called the "technology platform for industry partners", have recently been greatly improved, up to the mass distribution and development of publishers as donors began. We'll have to wait and see if these add-ons and ads are enough to save them.
Google offers Stadia Premiere Edition hardware bundles to game buyers