Activision Blizzard Pulls All Games From GeForce Now
NVIDIA recently launched its GeForce Now game streaming service, where you could stream any game from your digital library on some capable hardware. However, it seems that the service is not receiving good acceptance from some game makers, specifically Activision Blizzard. In a surprising turn of events, Activision Blizzard has pulled out its entire game library from the GeForce Now game streaming service. Being a provider of many popular titles like Call of Duty series, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, etc. this makes a big blow to the GeForce Now service.
NVIDIA has announced that Activision-Blizzard have removed its entire catalog of games, something that includes massive favorites like the World of Warcraft franchise, the Call of Duty franchise, Overwatch, and more.
NVIDIA said in a statement:
“While unfortunate, we hope to work together with Activision Blizzard to reenable these games and more in the future”.
However, support for all Activision Blizzard titles including World of Warcraft, Overwatch and the Call of Duty series has been removed. Nvidia explained the change on its forums, emphasising that this was the publisher’s decision, but was unable to give a reason.
“As we take GeForce Now to the next step in its evolution, we’ve worked with publishers to onboard a robust catalog of your PC games,”
Community manager Cory Banks wrote
“This means continually adding new games, and on occasion, having to remove games – similar to other digital service providers.”
“Per their request, please be advised Activision Blizzard games will be removed from the service. While unfortunate, we hope to work together with Activision Blizzard to reenable these games and more in the future.”
It’s certainly not uncommon for titles to be added and removed to subscription-based services. But for a publisher’s entire catalogue to be removed barely a week after a platform’s launch… that’s certainly unusual. My only speculation is that Activision Blizzard must be unhappy with the terms of its deal with Nvidia. Either way, this continues the trend of games suddenly vanishing we’ve seen across different stores and services in the last year, one of the perpetual downsides of digital distribution.
NVIDIA GeForce Now is a streaming service that allows users to stream their own PC games that they buy. It recently exited beta testing and is now available in both in a limited time free mode and for $4.99 a month.