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Geforce Now: "Misunderstanding" between Nvidia and Activision Blizzard

Because of a "Misunderstanding" Nvidia had to remove all Activision and Blizzard games from its Geforce Now cloud gaming service on February 12, 2020.

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Apparently Nvidia simply assumed that games like World of Warcraft, Overwatch and Call of Duty could continue to be supported by the game streaming service after the beta ended on February 4, 2020 – without the need for further discussions.

That was obviously a misjudgment: Activision Blizzard wanted an agreement on the commercial use of its games. At least that's how it was Nvidia talking to Bloomberg about the matter explained. "As soon as we recognized the misunderstanding, we took the games out of our service"commented an employee. At the same time, he expressed hope that with Activision Blizzard Nvidia could find a way to reactivate the games on Geforce Now.

Nvidia itself does not offer games on Geforce Now. Instead, the service will be linked to the user's accounts on Steam, the Epic Games Store, Origin and Uplay – and possibly in the future again with Battle.net from Blizzard.

The games that are available from the portals in your library can then be used via cloud gaming, for example to use your current favorite program on a laptop while on vacation.

Nvidia has offered two types of Geforce Now membership since the end of beta. With the free membership you can play for one hour at a time, but you have to expect waiting times when accessing the server.

For 5.50 euros a month you can paddle six hours in a row, there are no waiting times, but raytracing effects – provided they are supported by the respective game. Geforce Now is available for mobile devices with Android (from 5.0), for MacOS (from 10.10), Windows PC (64-bit) and for the shield set-top boxes from Nvidia.

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