GeForce NOW losing Activision-Blizzard games was a 'misunderstanding'

NVIDIA says GeForce NOW losing Activision-Blizzard games is because of a 'misunderstanding'

@anthony256
Published Sat, Feb 15 2020 8:50 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:45 AM CST

Remember the story from a few days ago where NVIDIA's super-fresh game streaming service GeForce NOW lost its library of games from Activision-Blizzard? Well, that was all over a "misunderstanding".

GeForce NOW losing Activision-Blizzard games was a 'misunderstanding' | TweakTown.com

NVIDIA hasn't been super forthcoming about what the "misunderstanding" was exactly, but the company released a statement that makes the situation a little clearer: "Activision Blizzard has been a fantastic partner during the GeForce Now beta, which we took to include the free trial period for our founders' membership. Recognizing the misunderstanding, we removed their games from our service, with hope we can work with them to re-enable these, and more, in the future".

Bloomberg is reporting that Activision-Blizzard wanted to negotiate a new commercial agreement before NVIDIA launched GeForce NOW, but NVIDIA doesn't want commercial agreements with game publishers. NVIDIA wants to let gamers buy their games on the likes of Steam, Epic Games, uPlay, and Battle.net -- and then, play them on GeForce NOW just like they would if they were playing them at home on their gaming PC.

The Verge talked with an Activision-Blizzard spokesperson who said "there's no commercial agreement like that in place", and there lies the problem. NVIDIA should've pulled Activision-Blizzard's games before it launched GeForce NOW, but then the headlines that we wrote -- mine included -- saw Activision-Blizzard as the bad guy.

An Activision-Blizzard spokesperson told The Verge: "Right now, we are focusing on the work between Activision Blizzard and YouTube and Google Cloud specifically".

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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