GeForce Now has had some serious problems these last few weeks. Even though the cheap streaming service has attracted more than 1 million gamers to the fold of cloud-based gaming, there have been some stumbling blocks along the way. The company has been struggling to keep AAA publishers on the service. 2K Games joined several other AAA publishers this week as they had their games pulled from GeForce Now and its cloud gaming support.
Epic Games’ CEO, Tim Sweeney announced on Twitter that the company he is a part of is throwing their full weight behind NVIDIA. As he said, “Epic is wholeheartedly supporting NVIDIA’s GeForce Now service with Fortnite and with Epic Games Store titles.” The long plan here looks to be to integrate plenty of Epic Store titles to push support for GeForce Now, although it remains unclear what the exact roster will look like.
So far, both Activision Blizzard, Bethesda and others have all had their titles pulled from the streaming system. These mean that the live streaming of gameplay will no longer work on the service for the games from these companies. The $5 price per month has been really appealing to many gamers, and with hundreds of game still supported, there is still plenty to attract gamers to the arms of NVIDIA, and once Epic throws their lot in, things could get really interesting in the ongoing competition with Stadia.
Sweeney went deeper as well, highlighting the strengths that Epic Games had been playing to since they launched their storefront. “Cloud streaming services will also be key players in ending the iOS and Google Play payment monopolies and their 30% taxes,” said Sweeney in another tweet. The goal is pretty clear, for Epic to bring about a major shift in their favor in the PC gaming space by playing to competitive access and pricing, as well as some amount of exclusivity.
“Just waiting till later this year when Google is lobbying against Apple for blocking Stadia from iOS, while Google blocks GeForce NOW, xCloud, and Fortnite from Google Play and this whole rotten structure begins collapsing in on itself.” wrote the CEO as he wrapped up the thread.