2K Games Pulls Their Titles From Nvidia’s GeForce Now Gaming Service

2K Games Pulls Their Titles From Nvidia’s GeForce Now Gaming Service
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2K Games has become the most recent publishing company to pull their titles from Nvidia’s GeForce Now subscription service.

“Per publisher request, please be advised 2K Games titles will be removed from GeForce Now today,” Nvidia announced on their forums. “We are working with 2K Games to re-enable their games in the future.”

2K has a great deal of titles that they’ve published, many of them being incredibly popular landmark titles. You’ll likely recognize their titles among the Bioshock franchise, the Borderlands titles, the Civilization games, and the NBA 2K Series. They’ve also had a hand in titles like The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and a handful of other sizeable titles.

Withdrawing from the program is a huge blow to Nvidia Now, as there’s a high variety of titles that will be taken away. On top of that, 2K is only the most recent of several different companies to have backed out, including Activision-Blizzard and Bethesda, who left in February. Between the three of them, plenty of high-demand titles have been removed from the subscription service, which just left beta in early February.

These three companies all allowed their games to be on the GeForce Now program during the service’s beta, but seem to have had a change of heart once the beta ended. Many assume this is because the beta was free and Nvidia is now charging a subscription service. While a free service is still offered, it’s so limited as to be practically useless, including standard access and “1-hour session length.”

According to The Verge, 2K Games apparently “requested its games be removed from GeForce Now, as a commercial agreement is currently not in place with Nvidia.” We know as well that Activision-Blizzard took their games away due to Nvidia never obtaining permission to have them after the beta. It seems likely that the same has happened with 2K games.

The paid version of GeForce Now is only $5 per month, but there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of demand to pull people there, especially now that such big names are dropping away. Streaming games is fantastic and all, and it helps to keep things organized to an extent, but what makes GeForce Now the program to flock to? At the end of the day, how many separate clients and services are gamers going to want to have on their desktop just to relax on a weekend?