2K's departure from GeForce Now is another blow for the fledgling service but Epic Games offers a well-timed lifeline
After years of beta testing, GeForce Now (GFN) finally became available to the public last month, and it seems that the service is suffering from some serious teething issues. Licensing problems saw Activision Blizzard remove all of its titles from the GFN library and then Bethesda followed suit and pulled its entire catalog, apart from Wolfenstein: Youngblood. Losing two major publishers like that would have hurt the service, and now 2K Games has also decided enough is enough.
There are many gamers deeply perturbed about this latest news, which apparently involved 2K requesting Nvidia removed popular titles such as BioShock Infinite and Borderlands 3. The GeForce Now service will be reeling from the loss of three studios in quick succession, but there has been one positive reaction to the current situation that might prevent a huge exodus of subscribers from the gaming service. Tim Sweeney of Epic Games has weighed in with the comment that the video game company behind Fortnite is “wholeheartedly supporting Nvidia’s GeForce Now service.”
It’s a much-needed lifeline for GeForce Now, as losing Activision Blizzard, Bethesda, and 2K Games in such a short time will not encourage gamers to subscribe to the service. In fact, there are concerns that Ubisoft might jump ship too, and if that happens even Epic’s support might not be enough to prevent Nvidia pulling the plug. The GFN service has been severely weakened, but it can still offer subscribers the opportunity to play titles such as Fortnite (Chapter 2), Dauntless, and Destiny 2.
Epic is wholeheartedly supporting NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW service with Fortnite and with Epic Games Store titles that choose to participate (including exclusives), and we’ll be improving the integration over time.— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) March 7, 2020