After years of struggling to make its game streaming service, Nvidia finally launched GeForce Now earlier this month. One of Nvidia’s main selling points when they started was that players would be able to bring the games they already owned to the service. This now seems to not be true, as Nvidia have announced via its GeForce Now forums that players are losing access to all Activision Blizzard games.
At launch, the Activision Blizzard was one of the game companies Nvidia called out by name with popular titles like Overwatch and Modern Warfare. Some gamers even purchased those titles from Activision Blizzard specifically to play on GeForce Now. It seems that Nvidia didn’t build any sort of guaranteed access into the deals it signed with game publishers, which appears to be where the issue is.
Naturally, gamers are pissed, and are firing off in the Nvidia forums and via Blizzard’s Battle.net support site. As Nvidia doesn’t make any promises about game availability, and Activision Blizzard’s EULA specifically shields it from refund requests in situations like this. It technically hasn’t deprived customers of the content — it just changed the way you can access it.
Nvidia have been quick to point out there are still hundreds of supported games, and more than 1,500 are in the queue to be on-boarded, but these numbers might still not be enough to keep players on the service, knowing that games could vanish at any time.