Although Stadia is a relatively young brand with a lot to prove to the gaming community, its proprietor, Google, has developed a rich network of business partnerships over the last 20 years. To help grow Stadia’s early userbase, Verizon announced this week that it is teaming up with Google to offer free Stadia Pro subscriptions to some of its Fios customers.
Starting on January 29, 2020, customers that sign up for a new Verizon Fios Gigabit internet plan will be able to claim their own Stadia Premiere Edition package, which contains a Chromecast Ultra, Stadia Controller, and three free months of Stadia Pro with 4K streaming. Like all Stadia Pro owners, users will also be able to claim a handful of free games, including:
- Destiny 2: The Collection
- Farming Simulator 19: Platinum Edition
- Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration
- Samurai Showdown (Standard)
At this point in Stadia’s journey, the biggest lifeline it needs in order to survive is a returning playerbase. Once Google can gather enough data to prove its cloud gaming platform is viable, AAA developers will be far more likely to bring their content to the service. Until then, Google has to do everything in its power to get Stadia into more hands.
Luckily, Verizon isn’t the only telecommunications company Google has partnered with to make this happen. Earlier this week, the largest ISP in the United Kingdom, British Telecom, announced they will also be offering Stadia Pro memberships and hardware to their broadband customers.