Newly launched cloud-streaming platform, GeForce Now, has been dealt a potentially fatal blow as major publishers pull game support.
Activision Blizzard is the most recent games publisher to backtrack support for GeForce Now, after requesting the likes of Overwatch, Call of Duty and World of Warcraft to be removed from the service.
Other publishers that have seemingly removed games from the GeForce Now library include Capcom, EA, Remedy and Square Enix – this means no Resident Evil, Battlefield or Final Fantasy just to name a few.
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We’re speculating this is a financial dispute, since most of these games were available before Nvidia started charging a subscription fee, but cannot confirm this is the case at the time of writing. We have reached out to the publishers involved, as well as Nvidia, for further comment and will update this article once we get responses.
Nvidia released an official statement following the Activision Blizzard pull out which read: “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.”
All hope is not yet lost for GeForce Now though, as Nvidia also confirmed an additional 1500 games have been requested to be added to the library by various developers.
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However, there’s no guarantee other major publishers won’t follow suit and also pull support. We contacted Ubisoft, CD Projekt RED and Bethesda to clarify their stance on the issue. Representatives for both CD Projekt RED and Bethesda declined to comment, while we’re still waiting to hear back from Ubisoft.
Regardless, this spells big trouble for Nvidia’s GeForce Now service, especially since its biggest advantage over rivals was its expansive game library. It also casts further doubts on the future of cloud-streaming platforms in general, with Stadia’s sparse game library also falling under criticism recently.