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Sorry to those who are disappointed you can no longer play #thelongdark 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.
They offered us a free graphics card as an apology, so maybe they'll offer you the same thing.
There's really nothing newsworthy or shocking about our decision here. The shocking part is people's reactions to it. Nvidia admitted they made a mistake releasing without our permission, apologized, asked us if we'd like to stay on the platform, and we said "not at the moment".
Today's world is getting complex for devs, with lots of platform changes and shifts to streaming, so devs have to be able to plan a strategy for how their games will appear and where, as a means of running a business. All the platforms acknowledge this.
This was purely an oversight on Nvidia's part. I don't think we're the only developer/publisher who has decided to remove their games from GFN for the time being. Doesn't mean we won't bring it back in the future.
Again, we wouldn't have any customer services issues right now re: removing the game if they hadn't included it to begin with. This is why developer agreements are important.
It's too bad that the public reaction to our totally innocuous decision will probably prevent other devs from feeling like they can determine what platforms their games are played on. Blizzard, Capcom, etc. have huge legal and community teams who can handle these situations.
Remember: the most customer-friendly thing you can do as a dev, is run a sustainable business so that you can support your game and your customers into the future. Controlling your own content is key to that.
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