Google's Stadia has a (currently limited) library of free games available that early adopters can enjoy without having to put down any extra money for. But that library is constantly expanding and that means that sometimes when people buy a game, it can end up being listed for free just weeks or even days later. To combat that, Google has announced that anyone who buys a game shortly before it becomes free to play, will be able to request a refund.
When Google Stadia launched in November, it offered Destiny 2 and Samurai Shodown for free to Pro subscribers. In December, that library expands with Farming Simulator 19 and Tomb Raider. You would have been able to play both those games in November too, if you paid for them. But if you did, you can now get your money back.
“We know that some users have recently purchased these two games for their collection,” a Stadia community manager said via Kotaku. “Because of the proximity between the launch of the platform, and the announcement of these titles in Stadia Pro, we’re happy to assist you if you’d like to request a refund if you have purchased either or both of these titles, even if it’s outside of our normal policy.”
This is likely to be a "problem" that Google faces over the months (and maybe years) that Stadia operates. By putting the onus on users to request the refund, Google will no doubt reap the rewards of people paying for games that become free and don't realize it, but for those who do keep an eye on things, there's always the possibility of some money back now.
Are you on of Stadia's early adopters?