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Virtual Legality Episode 184

"The Long Dark" of Licensing: Nvidia's GeForce Now

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NVidia's GeForce Now project presents a tantalizing future - one where PC gamers can have access to their library of Steam, Epic, and GOG libraries anywhere and on-the-go for the cost of a small membership fee.

But now that GeForce Now is out of beta and commercially available, developers and publishers are pulling their games from the nascent service.

What is GeForce Now and how does "virtualization" work?

Why are licenses like Steam's probably not as clear as they should be as we move into the cloud streaming era?

Why might developers of games like The Long Dark (Hinterlands) want their games off the service?

And how might their reasons be different from larger publishers like Activision Blizzard?

It may be time for licenses to get a bit more "virtual", as we discuss...in Virtual Legality.

#Nvidia #GeForceNow #LongDark


Discussed in this episode:

GeForce Now Website
https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce-now/

"The Long Dark Developer Asks Nvidia to Take Game Off GeForce Now, Saying Company Didn't Ask Permission to Host It on Their Service"
IGN - March 2, 2020 - Joseph Knoop
https://www.ign.com/articles/long-dark-nvidia-geforce-now-streaming-takedown

"Sorry to those who are disappointed you can no longer play #thelongdark on GeForce Now."
Tweet - March 1, 2020 - Raphael van Lierop (@RaphLife)
https://twitter.com/RaphLife/status/1234181315840229376

GeForce Now Terms of Use
Updated: November 12, 2019)
https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce-now/terms-of-use/

"Hardware virtualization"
Wikipedia Entry
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardware_virtualization

"I read your quotes the other day and they make sense, but what keeps nagging at my mind is the "remote desktop" situation."
Tweet - March 2, 2020 - @GameOverThirty
https://twitter.com/GameOverThirty/status/1234548779174461441

"Steam Subscriber Agreement"
https://store.steampowered.com/subscriber_agreement/

"END USER LICENSE AGREEMENTS FOR FINAL FANTASY VII REMASTERED (PC)"
https://store.steampowered.com/eula/39140_eula


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

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