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Microsoft is Bringing its First PC Games to Boosteroid on June 1

Posted May 22, 2023 | Cloud Gaming | Games | Microsoft | PC gaming | Windows


As Microsoft continues to navigate the troubled waters of its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the company is following up on the 10-year licensing deal it signed with the cloud gaming service Boosteroid. On June 1, Microsoft will make its first PC games available on the Ukraine-based platform, starting with Gears 5, Deathloop, Grounded, and Pentiment.

These are the same games that Microsoft is also making available on Nvidia’s GeForce Now service in May. “These four titles are just the start — we’ll regularly add more hits and fan favorites from our extensive catalog of PC games,” said Sarah Bond, Corporate Vice President of Xbox.

Just like Nvidia GeForce Now, Boosteroid lets users connect their Steam and Epic Games Store libraries and stream eligible games they own on almost any device. Boosteroid currently has apps for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and Android TV, and it’s also available on the web. The service is priced at €9.89/month in Europe or €89.89/year.

Microsoft signed other cloud licensing deals to bring its PC games to Ubitus and Nware, and the UK carrier EE in the future. “We are committed to enabling players to stream games from Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda, as well as future Activision Blizzard PC games once the acquisition closes, through the cloud gaming service of their choice,” Bond said today.

To get the acquisition approved by the European Commission, Microsoft agreed to automatically license popular Activision Blizzard games to competing cloud gaming services. This commitment will apply globally, including the UK where the country’s Competition and Markets Authority decided to block the deal. Microsoft is preparing to appeal this decision with the help of Activision Blizzard.



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