Activision Blizzard Pulls Its Catalog From Nvidia’s GeForce Now Streaming Service

Activision Blizzard Pulls Its Catalog From Nvidia’s GeForce Now Streaming Service

Battle.net's been disabled on it until further notice.

A week after the public launch of its game streaming service, GeForce Now, Nvidia has announced that Activision Blizzard has pulled all of its games from the platform. There are no indications as to whether the publisher's catalog will return to the service in the near future.

GeForce Now lets users stream a selection of free-to-play PC games and games they already own through other digital storefronts, provided that the developers or publishers have not limited access to those titles. Many Activision Blizzard titles, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and World of Warcraft, were not only accessible throughout GeForce Now's beta period but were amongst the service's most attractive launch offerings, given the restrictions imposed by other developers and publishers.

With the service's public debut last week, GeForce Now beta users were amongst the first to notice that games from Rockstar, EA, Square Enix, and others were no longer accessible. In response, head of GeForce Now Phil Eisler said that Nvidia wants to bring those companies' games back to the service, but that some appear to be "taking a wait-and-see attitude."

USgamer reached out to Nvidia and Activision Blizzard for comment but did not receive a response prior to publication. On Nvidia's forums, a staffer issued a statement on the sudden removal and promised that more games will be enabled for GeForce Now soon:

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.

GeForce Now is available on PC, Mac, Nvidia Shield, and Android in select regions and offers two different membership plans: free accounts that can play for 1-hour sessions with limited graphical features, and a $4.99/mo Founder's plan that grants 6-hour sessions, priority access, and enables RTX ray tracing on games that support it. Nvidia's official website includes a search page for finding games available through GeForce Now.

Digital Foundry's assessment of the service at launch found the GeForce Now had advances in streaming fidelity over Google Stadia, but it remains to be seen whether either streaming platform (not to mention Microsoft's xCloud or PlayStation Now) can attract and retain support from prominent publishers.

Thanks, The Verge.

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Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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