KEY POINTS

  • Google has launched a new offer for YouTube Premium subscribers in the U.S. and U.K.
  • This involves giving away free Stadia gaming kits to eligible subscribers
  • The offer will soon be expanded to Canada and some countries in the EU

Google is giving away a free Stadia Premiere Edition bundle to YouTube Premium subscribers. But this promo has a major catch.

Google is giving free Stadia gaming kits to YouTube Premium subscribers who subscribed before Nov. 6. This offer, first spotted by Twitter user @GemStadia and reported by Android Police, lets subscribers get a $99 bundle that includes a Stadia controller and a Chromecast Ultra.

As mentioned, only those who subscribed to YouTube Premium before Friday are eligible for the offer. This means those who want to get the bundle for free won’t receive it if they subscribe to the entertainment service now.

The offer is also currently limited to subscribers in the U.K. and U.S. This means longtime subscribers from other countries won’t be able to avail of it, at least until Google decides to bring the offer elsewhere.

Google told 9To5Google that it will expand the program to Canada and some countries in the European Union.

How to get it

For now, those who subscribed to YouTube Premium before Friday and live in the U.K. or U.S. can go to this website to claim their free Stadia bundle.

Those who get the bundle will be required to sign up for a free one-month Stadia Pro trial. This means YouTube Premium subscribers who claim their bundle will get the chance to play Stadia games for an entire month without parting with their money.

Those who forget to cancel the trial before the month ends, however, will need to pay a monthly fee after the first month. Those who cancel, on the other hand, will get to keep the hardware for free.

Not a bad deal

While some might not want to subscribe to Stadia Pro, the offer seems too good to ignore. Engadget noted that “at worst, this is an easy way for YouTube Premium subscribers to score a free Chromecast Ultra.” On the other hand, “it’s a low-risk opportunity to try out Google’s cloud gaming service.”

The offer, however, seems more like Google’s attempt at bringing Stadia to as many homes as possible instead of getting more people to enjoy its services for free for a limited time.

Google is aiming to bring console-quality play to any connected device with its Stadia game service Google is aiming to bring console-quality play to any connected device with its Stadia game service Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / JUSTIN SULLIVAN