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Nvidia added The Long Dark to GeForce Now without permission, dev says

Published: 14:11, 02 March 2020
Hinterland Studio
The Long Dark screenshot showing snowy landscape
The Long Dark

The Long Dark is the latest game to leave Nvidia's cloud gaming service GeForce Now and according to the developers, they had to ask for removal since Nvidia added the game to the GeForce Now library without their permission.

The Long Dark is a cold and grim survival game from Hinterland Studio which recently arrived to Nvidia's cloud gaming service GeForce Now, along with several other titles. However, The Long Dark is no longer available on GeForce Now it has been confirmed by Game Director Raphael van Lierop.

The reason for the removal is an interesting one. Van Lierop claims that Hinterland Studio were never asked if they want to add their game to GeForce Now library. Yes, you read that right, Nvidia added the game without asking for permission.

"Sorry to those who are disappointed you can no longer play The Long Dark on GeForce Now. Nvidia didn't ask for our permission to put the game on the platform so we asked them to remove it. Please take your complaints to them, not us. Devs should control where their games exist," Game Director Raphael van Lierop wrote in a tweet. 

To make things even worse, Nvidia allegedly offered the developers a free graphics card as an apology for adding the game to GeForce Now without the permission of Hinterland Studio. 

"They offered us a free graphics card as an apology, so maybe they'll offer you the same thing," van Lierop said in a tweet.

It safe to say that Nvidia and their cloud gaming service have had a couple of rocky moments since the service officially launched earlier this year. First, Activision Blizzard removed all their games from GeForce Now, followed by Bethesda also having all their titles taken down for the service. 

Nvidia said it is all "a misunderstanding" but detailed explanations are still mission from all three companies. It remains to be seen how exactly will the tech giant react to the latest controversy with The Long Dark. 

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