Nvidia has announced the cancellation of its GeForce Partner Program, in what’s turned out to be a rather embarrassing climb down. Originally announced back in March, Nvidia’s stated intention was to “help gamers know what they are buying” and ensure its “engineering and marketing efforts support brands consumers associate with GeForce.” The end result was anything but helpful, effectively strong-arming AIB partners into stripping their established gaming brands from AMD Radeon products.
The fallout was huge and, despite one or two AIB partners already rebranding, Nvidia has evidently decided enough is enough and thrown the towel in on the GPP.
In a statement over the weekend, Nvidia’s John Teeple didn’t so much offer an apology as intimate that everyone else simply didn’t understand what it was trying to achieve.
“A lot has been said recently about our GeForce Partner Program,” said Teeple in a blog post. “The rumors, conjecture and mistruths go far beyond its intent. Rather than battling misinformation, we have decided to cancel the program.
“GPP had a simple goal – ensuring that gamers know what they are buying and can make a clear choice. Gamers want the best GPU tech. GPP was about making sure gamers who want NVIDIA tech get NVIDIA tech.
“Most partners agreed. They own their brands and GPP didn’t change that. They decide how they want to convey their product promise to gamers. Still, today we are pulling the plug on GPP to avoid any distraction from the super exciting work we’re doing to bring amazing advances to PC gaming.”
The key part of this statement is “most partners agreed”. The suggestion here is that some didn’t, and those brands that didn’t obviously have a huge influence on Nvidia’s direction. A few weeks ago it was rumoured at HardOCP that Dell, HP and Lenovo had all declined Nvidia GPP due to concerns it was anti-competitive. Together, those three companies account for more than half of the PCs sold on the planet and clearly command a huge weight in the industry.
It brings to a close a turbulent period for Nvidia, who were fighting allegations that the GeForce Partner Program had attracted the attention of antitrust regulators at the FTC and EU Commission, with concerns that Nvidia was engaging in anti-competitive practices.
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