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Microsoft to kill Games for Windows Live store on August 22nd

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#1 Burned Phoenix

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 02:55 PM

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Microsoft is retiring its Games for Windows Live marketplace on August 22nd along with Microsoft Points system. Users will no longer be able to purchase games but the GFWL client software will be unaffected. If you have purchased games from the marketplace, they will continue to work.
 

As part of the recent Xbox 360 system update, Microsoft Points will be retired and the Xbox.com PC Marketplace will be closed as of August 22, 2013. We encourage you to spend your Microsoft Points balance prior to this change. Although you will not be able to purchase new games, you can continue to enjoy previously purchased content by downloading it through the Games for Windows Live client software as usual.

 
Microsoft has just hired former Steam boss Jason Holtman for "making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment." so you can expect some new announcements regarding PC gaming very soon.
 
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#2 Darcena

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 04:35 PM

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#3 Darren 54

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 04:40 PM

I think Microsoft had decided to shutdown the PC marketplace last year when they made their own Age Of Empires Online game Steam-only. They were just waiting for the right time to announce.



#4 FalseAgent

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 01:15 AM

GFWL was still alive? wow, I didn't even know.

 

If Microsoft can crack a Xbox-like experience on the PC, that might be successful. Else, I think Microsoft shouldn't even bother.



#5 SurB86

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 11:35 AM

Bethesda and Capcom also decided to ditch GFWL in favor of Steam in 2011.



#6 pcHuntqwerty

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 10:52 AM

Microsoft is closing down Zune Marketplace too on the same date.



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