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.