GeForce NOW Loses Another Huge Publisher: Bethesda Exits NVIDIA’s Game-Streaming Service

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GeForce NOW is becoming a bit of a nightmare for NVIDIA (and its paid subscribers), as more and more companies are rescinding their support for the newly launched game-streaming service. Mimicking Activision’s decision from last week, Bethesda is the latest big-name publisher to pull its games from the GeForce NOW catalog.

The news was revealed today in a post made on the official forums by staff member Cory@NVIDIA:

“Please be advised most Bethesda Softworks titles will be removed from the GeForce NOW service today. Wolfenstein Youngblood will remain for all members. Founders members can continue to experience the game with RTX On.”

It isn’t clear why Wolfenstein Youngblood was spared, but Bethesda’s decision suggests that GeForce NOW may not be very long lived. There’s nothing stopping other huge publishers, such as Ubisoft, from making similar exits.

Image: Bethesda Softworks

In a blog post published yesterday, NVIDIA attempted to address the situation by noting that GeForce NOW was still in a “transitional period where gamers, developers and publishers can try the premium experience with minimal commitment while we continue to refine our offering.”

“As we approach a paid service, some publishers may choose to remove games before the trial period ends. Ultimately, they maintain control over their content and decide whether the game you purchase includes streaming on GeForce NOW. Meanwhile, others will bring games back as they continue to realize GeForce NOW’s value (stay tuned for more on that),” NVIDIA explained.

While the company is adamant that “game removals should be few and far between,” there is a very good chance that more publishers will withdraw from the service.

Tsing Mui
Tsing has been writing the news for over 5 years, first at [H]ard|OCP and now at The FPS Review. He has a background in journalism and makes sure to give his readers the relevant context to why each news post matters.

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