Updated: May 22
We knew this day was coming. There was no way Boosteroid had legal permission for all of the games available on their service. Why would they? They are a relatively unknown cloud gaming service compared to GeForce Now, Google Stadia, Xbox, etc.
What is Boosteroid and where did it come from?
Ivan Shvaichenko is the CEO and founder. He founded the Boosteroid project in 2016, according to his own words in an article from Tech Bullion, 2018.
"Boosteroid is an international online gaming company with offices in Ukraine, Romania, Serbia and the UAE. The co-founders conceived the business in 2017," according to a Customer Spotlight Story from Intel.
From what I can find online, it appears Boosteroid initially set out to be a cloud computing company but saw an opportunity in the gaming sector and moved in, launching their cloud gaming service in 2019. What I cannot find, however, is the "co-founder" that is mentioned many times in various articles. Make of that what you will or if you can find them, let me know.
After they launched their gaming service they saw a 5X growth in player base so they turned to Intel and Asus to help them develop and enhance their scalability and performance.
Boosteroid then went on to rapidly scale their service to various locations around the world and improve the quality of their service with the help of Huawei. They partnered and signed a memorandum on September 1, 2020.
Looking at the time line of events, for me personally, the Huawei deal seemed to improve the service dramatically. I remember testing the service in the summer of 2020 and it did not perform very well. Fast forward to early 2021 when I went back in and the improvement was remarkable in comparison.
Where do they go from here?
Unfortunately we are now at the stage where more people are starting to take note of the service and in particular, the companies whose games are being used on the service.
Late last night, Reddit user u/JustLOLAtThisxx, reported a ton of Microsoft games had been removed for legal reason according to a Boosteroid support rep. Meaning Boosteroid did not have permission. We all knew this right?
List of games removed:
Age of Empires II Definitive Edition
Forza Horizon 4
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Sea of Thieves
Dishonored 2 demo
Doom (2016) demo
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Elder Scrolls Online
First thing I do, hop on Boosteroid and check my library. The disappointment starts to creep in. Rage 2 and Elder Scrolls are missing from my library. The other games in the above list don't appear when searched.
I knew this day was coming but a small part of me wanted to believe they had done this by the book and we weren't in for a similar situation as Nvidia when they launched GeForce Now out of beta.
Remember Bethesda and Activision pulling their games when GeForce Now launched? Well it seems we have history repeating itself which begs the question, why put these games on your service to begin with knowing full well you do not have permission and this day will come sooner rather than later?
I understand companies want to build a user base and having these games on there helps that when they aren't available on other cloud service's but they must of known this day was coming right?
Me being me, I reached out for confirmation on r/BoosteroidCommunity. This is the response I got when I questioned the removal of the games:
Unfortunately, this is indeed true. Upon the request from the publisher all Microsoft games were removed from Boosteroid for an indefinite period of time.
The nightmare has rung true. Surely it's only a matter of time before others leave too? Without permission or agreements this will continue to happen unless they strike some sort of deal going forward. Very unlikely in my opinion.
Boosteroid boasts an impressive library of games from Steam, Battle.net, Epic Games Store, Origin, Riot games, Wargaming.net and Rockstar Games. A good number of these titles are only available on Boosteroid. How long before we see a mass exodus from Battle.net? It's rare to see Activision games on cloud services as they seem very opposed to it at this time for whatever reasons.