On February 11th, a post from an Nvidia representative informed the community that Activision Blizzard games were being pulled from their Geforce Now service.
“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. In addition to the hundreds of games currently supported, we have over 1,500 games that developers have asked to be on-boarded to the service. Look for weekly updates as to new games we are adding.”
Similar to Google’s Stadia, GeForce Now is a game streaming service that allows gamers with lower-end rigs to play more demanding games by using the service to play remotely on a high end system and livestream the footage back to their device. GeForce Now includes both a free version and a premium version with additional features. The service’s unique selling point is that it allows you to play supported games that you already own but may not necessarily be able to run, rather than having to re-purchase them specifically for the service.
The news will be disappointing for those who may have purchased Activision Blizzard games in order to run them on the service, and the decision has resulted in numerous titles being removed, including the Call of Duty series, Overwatch, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Activision Blizzard has yet to give any direct comment on the decision to remove their games from the service, but the decision will undoubtedly not help the company’s recent PR difficulties. The decision highlights one of the disadvantages with services such as GeForce Now which require the support of the publishers to operate. Later down the line, it’s possible that other publishers could pull their support from the service, leaving players that have bought titles to use on the service unable to play them.
More information on GeForce Now can be found here: