The game streaming service has seen its share of ups and downs since its February launch. Initially looking to take on Google Stadia in the streaming ecosystem it has had multiple companies pull their games from the service. First we saw Activision Blizzard and then roughly a week later Bethesda did the same. In between those events NVIDIA announced gaining over a million users along with signing up over 1,500 games. Gamasutra reported on Hinterland Studio leaving on March 2nd. The latest exit comes from 2K Games.
“Per publisher request, please be advised 2K Games titles will be removed from GeForce NOW today. We are working with 2K Games to re-enable their games in the future.”
Well amidst this roller coaster ride NVIDIA has gained support from an unexpected direction. Epic Games Tim Sweeney has announced, via twitter, their support for the service.
He goes on to give it praise as being the most developer and publisher friendly services. Explaining further that it has zero tax on game revenue while competitor services, iOS and Google Play, charge 30% tax. Adding as well that Apple does not even allow this service to exist on iOS thus preventing competition in their ecosystem. One twitter user asked Tim about how Epic Games exclusive games will play into this new strategy.
GeForce Now is not the only streaming service to experience challenges since launch. Google’s Stadia has had its own share of mixed receptions. The streaming service landscape continues to grow as well. Just recently Samsung had announced a partnership with Microsoft for what could be a Project xCloud app. In January game studio Square Enix have recently announced their interest in cloud gaming. As each of these services strive to define themselves all are sure to experience growing pains and growth spurts.