Bad News For Nvidia GeForce Now As It Loses Blizzard Games
Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service has recently come out of beta, much to the excitement of those who want a chance to play games on multiple devices.
However, it’s got off to a shaky start as many noticed that lots of popular games aren’t supported by the service.
Another blow to GeForce Now came recently when Nvidia announced that Activision Blizzard will no longer be allowing its games to be accessed on the cloud service. That means their entire catalog of games including Overwatch, Call of Duty and World of Warcraft will no longer be accessible on GeForce Now.
Who Else Has Pulled Out Of GeForce Now?
This is just one week after GeForce Now was officially launched – a launch that has already been criticized for its lack of EA, Square Enix, Capcom, Konami, Remedy, and Rockstar games.
These game publishers have seemingly pulled out after Nvidia ended their beta period for the service.
Why Have Game Publishers Jumped Ship?
Nvidia hasn’t explained publicly why this has happened. It’s always possible that a rival, such as Google Stadia has stepped in and offered a better deal but Blizzard hasn’t cited a reason for the move either.
In a statement from Nvidia, community manager Cory Banks said: “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. 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 re-enable these games and more in the future.”
This isn’t the first time Activision Blizzard has removed games from other online services. They have previously removed Transformers, Deadpool, and Spider-Man titles from Steam, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live. However, with other game publishers doing the same, it could hint of a problem with the GeForce Now service itself.
Will Game Publishers Return In The Future?
While it looks like Nvidia is keeping the door open for game publishers to return, it’s best to assume that they’re not going to make a return any time soon.
For those excited to sign up for GeForce Now, this is certainly enough to stop anyone in their tracks and reconsider until their favorite games return to the service.
If we hear any more news on GeForce Now, we will be sure to keep you up to date.
Will you still be signing up to GeForce Now or are you more inclined to use a rival like Google Stadia? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.