Games for Windows Live Marketplace Closing Next Week
Written Thursday, August 15, 2013 By Alan PettitView author's profile
The Games for Windows Live service has had a bit of a sordid history. Originally launched in 2007, it was supposed to bring the ease of Xbox Live gaming to the PC. It never quite worked. There was originally an extra fee that developers had to pay simply to feature their game on the service (which was revoked a year later), and a litany of other restrictions for developers, publishers, and gamers alike. The service has largely been shunned by the gaming community, and very few titles have utilized it.
With the release of the Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft has revamped their PC gaming stance and found much more success. It appeared that GFWL had been abandoned, with only two games coming this year, and nothing since the long delayed Ms. Splosion Man in April. Microsoft has now officially announced it will stop selling any GFWL titles through xbox.com and the GFWL software client. Existing games will be supported by the service (you can still earn Gamerscore from them, in other words), so long as you can find a copy in the wild and the game's publisher decides to support any online component or DLC through in-game purchases.
You have until August 22nd to purchase any content through xbox.com and the GFWL software client. After that date, none of the digital titles will be available anywhere, and only physical copies already at retailers or on the second hand market will be available for purchase.