Publisher Activision Blizzard has surprisingly withdrawn all of its games from the GeForce Now cloud gaming service. These include major titles such as "World of Warcraft", "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" and "Overwatch". This could be due to the publisher working more closely with Google.
In the last week, the launch of GeForce Now with real competitive prices caused a stir in the streaming industry . Now Nvidia has to accept a small setback: Activision Blizzard has withdrawn its entire portfolio, reports PC Gamer . The GeForce forum reads verbatim: "We have been asked to remove all Activision Blizzard games from our service, but we still hope that we will be able to work with Activision Blizzard and make the games available again soon."
Does Activision Blizzard have a deal with Google?
Neither Activision Blizzard nor Nvidia gave reasons for the withdrawal of the games from GeForce Now. However, it could have to do with a strategic partnership between the publisher and Google. The "Overwatch" league recently switched from Twitch to YouTube and the new "Call of Duty" league will also be shown exclusively on YouTube. Google and Activision Blizzard hope to work together to improve reach.
Is there even a Google Stadia exclusive deal in the offing? Until an official statement is made, we can only speculate.
You now have to do without these games at GeForce Now
Since the Activision Blizzard games catalog is quite large and includes some top-class games, the drop out on GeForce Now is bitter for users. Here is a small list of titles that you have to do without for now:
- the complete "Call of Duty" series including "Modern Warfare"
- "Diablo 3"
- "Starcraft 2"
- "World of Warcraft"
- "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice"