Head of Stadia and Vice President at Google, Phil Harrison, revealed in an interview with Geoff Keighley that online multiplayer will be included in the free, base subscription tier for Stadia.
The heart of any modern gaming platform is gonna be multiplayer, for sure. We do not gate multiplayer behind a premium subscription. . . . We see that every game is multiplayer, so we think that’s a very good evolution for the industry.Phil Harrison
On the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch, online multiplayer requires a subscription fee. Sony’s and Microsoft’s successor consoles are expected to charge for online multiplayer as well.
See Keighley’s full interview with Phil Harrison below.