Activision Blizzard pulls games from Nvidia's GeForce Now

Activision Blizzard pulls games from Nvidia's GeForce Now

Call of Duty and Overwatch giant Activision Blizzard has removed its titles from Nvidia's GeForce Now streaming platform.

In a post on the hardware giant's forums, community manager Cory Banks wrote that the publishing giant had requested its titles be pulled. This comes just days after the cloud streaming platform left beta and was available to consumers around the world.

No reason has been give for the removal, though it's entirely possible that the company is bringing its back catalogue to a rival streaming platform such as Google Stadia. Activision Blizzard hasn't put out any statement on the matter, either. 

The firm is somewhat notorious for pulling games from digital platforms, though this is normally titles that use licensed IP. In the past, Activision-published titles based on the Spider-Man, Transformers and Deadpool series, among others, have been removed from Steam, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, though this is likely more due to the fact that Activision would be paying for the rights. 

"As we take GeForce NOW to the next step in its evolution, we’ve worked with publishers to onboard a robust catalogue of your PC games," Banks wrote.

"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 reenable these games and more in the future."

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