All Activision Blizzard games removed from GeForce Now streaming service

Written by Chad Norton on Wed, Feb 12, 2020 2:16 PM
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Activision Blizzard has pulled all its catalogue of games from GeForce Now, including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Overwatch. The decision comes shortly after Nvidia’s official launch of the service a week ago. Whilst still having some issues, GeForce Now proved to be a formidable attempt at cloud gaming, but a move like this might see a big blow to Nvidia’s subscription base and the reputation of GeForce Now.

There’s no official word as to why this has happened from either party at the moment. Maybe they are just renegotiating, and during that awkward phase had to officially take those titles out of the service. It may simply be that Activision-Blizzard doesn't want its games on a streaming service without its say so. Or, on the other hand, this could potentially even be some sort of unannounced exclusivity deal with Google Stadia, we just don't know for now.

There's a lot of speculation right now, but hopefully both parties can come to an agreement soon and the get the games back on Nvidia’s library.

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Nvidia already took a big blow late last year when Rockstar pulled all their games from Geforce Now as well, with the potential to work on a Google Stadia exclusivity deal. On the flipside, many are speculating Activision Blizzard is working on their own version of the service after seeing the success it could potentially have in the future.

It’s such a shame to see these types of instances happening in this industry, as cloud gaming could truly be beneficial for a mass audience. The idea of being able to play anywhere you go on almost any device (We’re still a little ways from playing Skyrim on our fridges) is appealing to any avid gamer, plus playing on Ultra quality settings without hindering performance is mouth-watering.

Moves like this will surely have consequences on the cloud gaming industry, as many people have pointed out: the fact that these companies can restrict access to their games on a whim is worrying indeed.

What do you think? Could Activision Blizzard be making its own cloud gaming service? Or do you think Activision's games are moving to Google Stadia? And where does this leave GeForce Now?

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16:07 Feb-14-2020

I wanted to try CoD Modern Warfare with RTX :(

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18:14 Feb-13-2020

All I wanted was to play Diable 3 through Geforce Now... Dreams ruined, money saved I guess.

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15:43 Feb-13-2020

I tried it a bit so far. Borderlands 2 worked ok. Few days later I wanted to play Borderlands The-Pre Sequel. After I got a rig, it said the game had to be downloaded and installed first. Umm ... what... ? Should it not assign me a rig that already has the game installed ?

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01:51 Feb-13-2020

It goes to show that when we buy games these days, it is not ours!
If I own a game and I want an nvidia server to run it for me I should be allowed to do that. It still runs over steam drm ffs.

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18:01 Feb-12-2020

but why tho

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18:38 Feb-12-2020

Because they're technically free. You do have to own the game, but Activision Blizzard likely gets very low amount of money, if anything, for you playing it over GeForce Now. In my opinion, they don't want a subscription service to catch on without them having a big piece of that pie first.

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17:22 Feb-12-2020

has anyone here tried geforce now? is it good? i don't live in a country that its available, so i can't even try it :(

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20:03 Feb-12-2020

I have, It's very good. It actually connects to steam as well as various other platforms to determine ownership of games as opposed to stadia where the library is completely seperate, not to mention a total joke!


As expected, Nvidia not only meets my expectations but also EXCEEDS them.

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22:33 Feb-12-2020

use a VPN (tunnelbear works like charm) register with it and then you can play without it. that's what I did.

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22:37 Feb-12-2020

vpns work?i know some stuff block vpns.. i thought it wouldn't work.. thanks my dude i'l give it a try

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08:45 Feb-13-2020

You might have latency issues though. If it's not supported in your county it usually means they don't have servers nearby so you likely won't have a great experience.

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01:48 Feb-13-2020

I tried it last night over my phone. First lego batman, then shadow of war at max 4k. It was fun to look at settings and see you are running an nvidia tesla card. And it was surreal playing on a phone.

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14:37 Feb-12-2020

Despite my various comments condemning cloud gaming as an idea I decided to try this out service out of curiosity and I have to say, it far outdoes Stadia's setup where you have a separate library and all. In this one it connects to steam and various other launchers to determine rather if you already own the game and then opens it.


But this here I think is the prime issue with cloud gaming. It's a new business model and as such is going to have business and copyright hurdles to sort out first.


Both of which I believe are holding back technological advances. Copyright is in serious need of reform.

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15:33 Feb-12-2020

You are right on the money when it comes to the issues involved imho. Copyrights are going to be a huge hurdle, it's been doing bad things to stifle game development in the past.

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14:20 Feb-12-2020

Coming from Blizzard, I'm honestly not surprised at all. Lately they've been working hard on repackaging and selling their IP's for lesser value to consumers

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