Epic Games' Tim Sweeney says NVIDIA GeForce NOW is the most developer-friendly game streaming service

NVIDIA GeForce Now
NVIDIA GeForce Now (Image credit: NVIDIA)

What you need to know

  • NVIDIA GeForce NOW is a game streaming service just released to the public.
  • It's run into some trouble with major publishers backing out of the service.
  • Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite and many others, is endorsing the service.
  • They say the streaming platform is more gamer and developer-friendly than the alternatives.

Game streaming is all the rage these days, and NVIDIA GeForce NOW joins Google Stadia as the second major platform to launch completely to the public. Tim Sweeny, CEO of Epic Games, has come out on Twitter and publically endorsed the service, saying that Epic Games is "wholeheartedly supporting NVIDIA's Geforce NOW service" and plans to bring Fortnite and a whole host of other Epic Games Store titles to the service, including exclusives. Tim goes on to say he believes NVIDIA's decision to impose no fee or tax on game revenue on their service makes it much friendlier for developers and publishers like other game streaming services.

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This comes after several major publishers have backed out of GeForce NOW, including Activision-Blizzard and 2K Games. The reasons for these removals have changed, and sometimes very little reason is given at all. Since GeForce now isn't a storefront, but rather just a way to play games you've already purchased on more devices, the decisions have left a sour taste in some gamers' mouths.

Tim Sweeney reinforces his stance by claiming that GeForce NOW and other similar services could be the answer to the 30% cut on revenue imposed by Apple and Google in their respective app stores, and that iOS blocking services like GeForce NOW is "megalomaniacal and won't stand." It remains to be seen how NVIDIA will respond to recent events, and how GeForce NOW will evolve in the future. Whatever the case, Epic Games' declaration of support is certainly a big win for NVIDIA's budding game streaming service just when it needs a boost.

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  • Well it doesn't really mean much. Epic doesnt make alot of games themselves nowadays like they used to. I'm guessing all the companies that pulled out of GeForce Now and have their ganes on Epic Game Store won't be making GeForce Now regardless of what Epic say.
  • His words hold no value anymore. He only just found out about the situation with GeForce Now because somebody asked him for Fortnite support.. Which makes what he claims laughable.
  • He's just trying to be part of the crowd
  • I don't understand the point of paying for GeForce Now when Steam does the same thing for free
  • You can use Steam to play PC games on your phone?
  • Yes, you can play steam games on your phone. Just install the "Steam Link" app.
  • Without a PC?
  • Hey that's really cool although it doesn't really solve my issue of having a PC that can't run the majority of games and so I'm still in the same boat either way.
  • ah I was't aware you rented hardware with GeForce now. That's a pretty good deal for $5
  • Except it doesn't. GeForce Now is a remote machine playing the game and streaming it to your device. Steam Link requires you to first have a gaming PC.