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Microsoft Shutting Down Games For Windows Live Marketplace

Jonathan Lester
Games For Windows Live, Games For Windows Marketplace, Microsoft

Microsoft Shutting Down Games For Windows Live Marketplace

But Client Will Still Survive

Microsoft has announced that they'll stop selling digital games via Games For Windows Live,but the client itself will stay operational so players can access and re-download previously purchased content.

The closure will take place on August 22nd, meaning that games will not be available to buy via the client or Xbox.com. This move was apparently taken in conjunction with the upcoming dashboard update that will replace Microsoft Points with local currency.

"Microsoft continues to support the Games for Windows Live platform," explained a Microsoft spokesperson. "You can continue to enjoy previously purchased games and downloadable content in your catalogue by downloading them through the Games for Windows Live client. Although purchase functionality will be discontinued through this marketplace, the Games for Windows Live service will continue to operate as usual."

GFWL failed to compete on price and convenience with other digital distribution platforms, so I doubt that most of you won't be gutted by the news. It's worth remembering that the client will still function, meaning that you can run, update and re-download your existing library (pretty much just Dark Souls, for many people).

Going forward, it's likely that Microsoft will seek to concentrate on the Windows 8 app store in terms of PC distribution.

Add a comment3 comments
DivideByZero  Aug. 16, 2013 at 15:05

"pretty much just Dark Souls"

Batman saves are all tied to your GFWL account, even if you bought it on Steam.

However, it was just awful, so good riddance!

googleberry  Aug. 17, 2013 at 13:32

I am playing through arkham city at the mo. what does that mean for my save progress?

McGreenwood  Aug. 17, 2013 at 15:32

Good news as far as I'm concerned, would've preferred it all to go though tbh! Never managed to get gta 4 to work and had to start at Arkham city at least 6 times because it deleted saves...

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