Last week we reported on the sudden removal of Activision-Blizzard titles from GeForce Now, the streamed games service offered by Nvidia, with barely an explanation other than a request from ActiBlizz to do so. We now have a better understanding of why the request was made: It was due to an apparent error on Nvidia’s part.
Apparently, because Activision-Blizzard took part in the GeForce Now service’s beta program, Nvidia assumed that the publisher/developer would also extend that same permission to the live service’s free trial. However, ActiBlizz wanted a commercial agreement before proceeding. Nvidia has called the entire thing a “misunderstanding” according to a statement:
“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.”
Whether that open door for continued partnership will be walked through by ActiBlizz is still unknown, but at least it’s not for the reasons that many people speculated.