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Microsoft does decade-long deal with Nvidia over games

by on22 February 2023

Getting around the regulator 

Software King of the World is messing with the head of regulators who are trying to prove that its Activision Blizzard deal will create a monoply by making supply deals with those who could be considered rivals.

The latest was a 10-year partnership with Nvidia to bring its Xbox PC games to GeForce Now. The deal will also see Activision Blizzard games like Call of Duty released on Nvidia’s cloud gaming service should Microsoft’s bid to acquire the World of Warcraft publisher be approved by regulators.

It will enable gamers to stream Xbox PC titles from GeForce Now to PCs, macOS, Chromebooks, smartphones and other devices.

The partnership was announced shortly after Microsoft presented arguments for why its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard should be approved at a European Commission hearing on Tuesday.

The oral hearing allowed Microsoft to address the statement of objections it recently received from the EU warning about the possible anti-competitive effects of the $69 billion deal.

In light of the partnership, Nvidia is now offering its full support for regulatory approval of the acquisition.

Microsoft and Nvidia said they will begin work immediately to integrate Xbox PC games into GeForce Now.

Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer. “This partnership will help grow Nvidia’s catalog of titles to include games like Call of Duty, while giving developers more ways to offer streaming games. We are excited to offer gamers more ways to play the games they love.”

“Combining the incredibly rich catalog of Xbox first party games with GeForce Now’s high-performance streaming capabilities will propel cloud gaming into a mainstream offering that appeals to gamers at all levels of interest and experience,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president for GeForce at Nvidia. “Through this partnership, more of the world’s most popular titles will now be available from the cloud with just a click, playable by millions more gamers.”

Microsoft earlier announced that it had also signed a “binding 10-year legal agreement” to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo platforms.

“We are committed to providing long term equal access to Call of Duty to other gaming platforms, brining more choice to more players and more competition to the gaming market,” the company said in a statement.


Last modified on 22 February 2023
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