Bethesda just pulled its games from Nvidia’s GeForce Now, and that sucks

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Just one day after Nvidia announced that GeForce Now crossed 1 million users and teased that more than 1,500 games are sitting in its onboarding queue, the company said that all Bethesda games but one will be removed from the service. GeForce Now launched two weeks ago.

“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,” the announcement stated.

Bethesda owns many popular PC gaming franchises, including Doom, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Dishonored, and Wolfenstein. It’s a major hit for GeForce Now, and comes just one week after Activision Blizzard removed its games from the service. You can’t find games from EA, Square Enix, or Rockstar on GeForce Now either.

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GeForce Now lets you stream your games from a cloud-based virtual gaming PC to many types of devices, including Macs and Android phones.

The continued publisher resistance towards GeForce Now feels perplexing, as we mentioned in our coverage of Activision Blizzard leaving the service:

“We spoke at length about GeForce Now and why it rocks on a recent episode of our Full Nerd podcast, and its value proposition isn’t limited to gamers alone. Nvidia’s service doesn’t sell you games directly. Instead, it basically rents you a gaming PC in the cloud, and you sign into gaming platforms like Steam, the Epic Game Store, and (formerly) to play games you already own. Nvidia doesn’t take an extra cut. By giving you access to more powerful hardware than you might already own, GeForce Now effectively encourages you to buy more games through existing storefronts. It feels like a win-win for everybody involved… It’s not an all-you-can-eat-buffet subscription like Netflix or Hulu. Activision isn’t losing out even if the company decides to start its own rival cloud gaming service.”

Bethesda and Activision obviously disagree for some reason. GeForce Now users, on the other hand, aren’t happy.

“Disgusting, I don’t understand why Bethesda plays with our hazelnuts, we should be able to use our acquired licenses on any services,” Voxuni said in response to Nvidia’s announcement. “As long as this misunderstanding is not resolved, I ignore your future games, all media combined!”

“Well that was a quick death…I was mostly playing Doom on the go. But now that they have removed that as well. I guess I’ll just ask a refund instead,” said DeadPhoenix86.

“Well I was looking forward to buying Doom Eternal on launch but I guess Bethesda doesn’t want lowspec customers,” said chomikator.

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