Acti-Blizzard games vanished from GeForce NOW over a ‘misunderstanding,’ Nvidia says

    
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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.

source: Bloomberg via VG247
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Techno Wizard

How very Activision.

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Arktouros

NVIDIA expected the terms and agreements to continue because the people who are playing the games already purchased the games on their own. You can’t purchase the games through GeForce Now so all the sales are still through the original services. If you want to play Diablo 3, you still have to buy Diablo 3 through Blizzard for example.

Activision probably wants a licensing agreement because being able to access the Activision games via Now adds value to that $5 (later $10) service that NVIDIA wants to sell people.

Seems pretty benign over all.

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The Weeb formerly known as Sray

Calling bullshit on this. Yeah, there was a misunderstanding: Nvidia misunderstood that triple A publishers don’t want to get locked out of being able to resell their games on streaming services.

In the month before GFN went live most major game publishers pulled their catalogs from the service. It’s not a coincidence. Additionally, other stores don’t cooperate with Nvidia on GFN (games from GOG, Origin or Microsoft stores don’t work, even if supported).

Nvidia has said a lot of stuff about this, but ActiBlizz has said nothing. I don’t expect them to, nor do I expect their games to return to the service.

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rafael12104

Hmm. I’m jaded. Long gone are the days when I believed a press release. Heh.

Listen, I think it might have been a mistake but on purpose. Nvidia tried to pull a fast one and just continue the service. But I’m pretty sure Blizz was looking for a possible exit strategy anyway. As I said, given Battle.net and everything else, I suspect Blizz would stream their own games if given the opportunity.

There is no way, no way, Blizz and Nvidia didn’t have a nice chat before the games were pulled. At that chat the whole thing could have been cleared up no public apology needed. But that is not what happened.

And now Nvidia is trying to put a good face on the whole thing. Heh.

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Armsbend

I’m imagine these two don’t want to start a war with each other – as both really are dependent on each other. Nvidia less so but still. It wouldn’t benefit them to fight.

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Utakata

…you mean it wasn’t just a flesh wound? o.O

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Hikari Kenzaki

Nvidia is being very gracious and polite with this response (and they probably have to be to get Activision games back).

They had these games during the free trial. So, now that people have signed up they either need to A) Make a lucrative agreement with ActiBliz to keep their games or B) Appear as if they pulled a bait n switch.

Pretty cagey move by ActiBliz, not that anyone is surprised by that.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

blizz gets away with this too because they see that their fans have no line in the sand. some blizz fans are like that parent who’s always telling their kids no and yet lets them get away with everything. they don’t have to care because they’ll buy anything from them sight unseen because of how invested they are in their brands. it’s scary behavior. where’s it end?

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Greaterdivinity

Nvidia is being very gracious and polite with this response

I mean…they’re the ones that screwed up, so yeah? >.>

Not sure what’s “cagey” about the move. Nvidia never had approval for their games to be a part of the launch lineup, they left them up there, ActiBlizz told them to yank them.

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Hikari Kenzaki

I guess it comes down to which company you believe made the honest mistake. Nvidia or ActiBliz?

Nvidia has a lot more grace than Activision (I mean… all of 2019 was a farce for ActiBliz). So, if they say they thought they had the okay to continue using them, I’m more inclined to believe them than Activision.

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Greaterdivinity

I guess it comes down to which company you believe made the honest mistake. Nvidia or ActiBliz?

…is this a serious question? Nvidia, and they’re apologizing for it. It’s THEIR service, and it’s on THEM to make sure that THEY have the rights to host any games playable on their service.

I don’t even know how this is a reasonable question, to be honest.

They THOUGHT they had the all clear, but they didn’t. That means THEY were the ones mistaken and THEY screwed up, not ActiBlizz.

I hate that I need to write this, but don’t get me wrong, ActiBlizz ate some gigantic, well deserved shit sammiches last year. But just because we hate a company doesn’t mean that everything they do is bad or wrong. That’s letting your hate blind you to reality.

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aleccia_rosewater

Of course the customers themselves are never considered to be a factor in these sorts of decisions

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styopa

That’s sort of a weird statement.
Why WOULD they be? ActiBlizz was (as far as I understand) assumed to be extending a beta participation to a FREE TRIAL.

I understand that everyone likes to get free stuff, but that doesn’t mean that companies are obligated to give you free stuff because you want it.

They *may* of course still decide that offering free stuff is worth it in a business sense. My guess is that since they already offer free to play to level what, 20(?*) they probably will, bracketed still by the limits of their own free to play offering.
But again, this is going to be a BUSINESS rationale about how useful it is to bring in more paying customers – that’s the only “factor” the customers play (or should play) in these sorts of decisions.

TANSTAAFL.

*I wonder what’s going to happen to this free trial when the levels get crunched to 1-50 in Shadow Expansion? Then you’ll get what level 1-5 free maybe?