GeForce Now launched last week and it’s making Stadia look like an indie project. Unfortunately, Activision Blizzard asked for their games to be removed.
Activision Blizzard requested that Nvidia remove their entire catalogue from GeForce Now, and as per request, they are now gone. No further explanation was given for this move.
An Nvidia spokesperson explained in the GeForce Now forums "As we take GeForce NOW to the next step in its evolution, we’ve worked with publishers to onboard a robust catalog of your PC games. This means continually adding new games, and on occasion, having to remove games – similar to other digital service providers.”
"Per their request, please be advised Activision Blizzard games will be removed from the service. While unfortunate, we hope to work together with Activision Blizzard to re-enable these games and more in the future," the spokesperson continued, "In addition to the hundreds of games currently supported, we have over 1,500 games that developers have asked to be on-boarded to the service. Look for weekly updates as to new games we are adding."
This is a very strong reminder that when you’re using subscription services all of your games can just disappear. When it comes to the reason why this happened, it’s possible that Activision Blizzard were just unhappy with the deal and they want to renegotiate it. Or the partnership with Google, who knows?