Nvidia Claims Activision Blizzard Games Were Removed Due to “Misunderstanding”

Earlier this week, we reported on the fact that all Activision Blizzard games were suddenly removed from Nvidia GeForce Now. Nvidia has since claimed this has happened due to a “misunderstanding,” but now thanks to a Bloomberg article released we now have some better insight as to what that “misunderstanding” might have been.

Activision Blizzard had their games playable on the service during the GeForce Now beta. This beta was also a free trial period to the Nvidia GeForce Now founding customers. Activision Blizzard’s games were playable thanks to a contract they had set up with Nvidia that allowed their games to be playable on the service during this free trial period.

When February 4th came, and Nvidia GeForce Now launched to the public, the beta/free trial period ended and Nvidia began offering a promo to new customers that they could get 90 days free of Nvidia GeForce Now’s Founding Tier of streaming, which will normally cost $4.99 a month.

Nvidia thought the streaming rights of Activision Blizzard’s games extended to this new promotional 90-day trial while from Activision Blizzard’s understanding their games were only streamable during the beta or original trial period and not this new 90-day promotional trial period that began after the beta ended. This “misunderstanding” prompted Activision Blizzard to ask Nvidia to remove their games from the service as they did not have a new contract in place.

Nvidia GeForce Now is Nvidia’s streaming platform that allows customers to stream PC games they own from a variety of different digital storefronts. If you’re interested in checking out the service you can do so here, and for more information about Nvidia GeForce Now check back here on FrameLag.