Activision Blizzard has asked NVIDIA to remove its games from their cloud gaming service GeForce NOW. The publisher is reportedly favoring a partnership with Google and it’s Stadia gaming service. Google Stadia has been somewhat disappointing for players, the service lacks games, something that Activision Blizzard can fix, the publisher has an impressive library of games that could attract gamers to Stadia, specially if Google is willing to invest on exclusive deals.
NVIDIA’s official statement read as follows:
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 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.
NVIDIA’s main inconvenience with Activision Blizzard’s request is that one of the promises made by GeForce NOW is now broken.
“If you buy it, you own it. If you already own it, play it. Your purchases are always yours.” … “In total, there are hundreds of games from more than 50 publishers that, once you own, are available for instant play.
An interesting cloud war is already taking shape, Microsoft appears to be the leader with xCloud based on the powerful and advanced Azure technology, Sony has already fallen and has made a partnership with Microsoft to use Azure.