Activision GeForce Now Issue Was Due To "Misunderstanding" Says Nvidia

Nvidia says it hopes to work more with Activision in the future.


When Nvidia abruptly pulled support for the entire library of Activision Blizzard games on its GeForce Now streaming service, it offered little explanation other than casting blame towards the publisher. Nvidia has now provided a more detailed and softer explanation, chalking it up to a simple misunderstanding.

Bloomberg reports that since Activision had participated in the beta test, Nvidia mistakenly thought the agreement extended into the free trial period for founders. The issue came up because Activision wanted a new commercial agreement for the general public launch, the company said.

"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," Nvidia said in a statement. "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."

The statement casts light on what happened to prompt the issue, but notably doesn't lay out details on when we can expect the library to return.

That means that games published by Activision Blizzard, including Overwatch, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and World of Warcraft, will no longer be playable via the streaming tech. Customers who have purchased the games will still have access to them, however.

GeForce Now is one of a handful of game streaming options to enter the market lately, which includes competitors like Google Stadia and Microsoft Project xCloud, which recently opened (and filled) its iOS test preview.

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