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Google Stadia’s Buddy Pass goes live for Pro subscribers

The feature arrived two weeks after launch

close up of Google Stadia controller Photo: Chris Plante/Polygon
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Two weeks after the Google Stadia launch, Founder’s Edition players can share the service with a friend. People who bought the platform early were promised the ability to share with a friend for a few months using a Buddy Pass that was came with their purchase. After two weeks, the passes are now available.

Once your friend has redeemed the code on the Stadia app, they’ll be able to create an account and start playing. With Stadia Pro, your friend will have access to Destiny 2: The Collection and Samurai Shodown. In December, two more games will be added, Farming Simulator 19 and Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.

Any other games they want to play, they’ll have to buy.

Google Stadia launched on Nov. 19 with 22 games, 10 of which were added to the lineup a day before the service went live. The platform unfortunately launched without a bunch of its key features, like family sharing and Stream Connect.

Google stated it will continue to update Stadia in the coming months.