Microsoft To Shutter Games for Windows Live Online Store

Microsoft’s Games for Windows Live was never a popular service, and it was only used simply because it was implemented as a mandatory part of several games—Dark Souls, Dawn of War, just to name a couple. The service itself came with a GFWL PC Marketplace on Microsoft’s website, where gamers could purchase GFWL-supporting titles.

Given the relative unpopularity of the service, especially in contrast to services like Steam and GOG, Microsoft intends to discontinue the marketplace, which will be shut down on Aug. 22 as a part of a wider revamp of

Fortunately, the Games for Windows Live service will continue to remain operational so titles which use the “feature” will remain unaffected by the changes.

Microsoft says players can “continue to enjoy previously purchased games and downloadable content in your catalog by downloading it through the Games for Windows Live client,” suggesting that only the online retail store will be disabled.

Likewise, in-game purchases will also remain available for games that offer it.

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5 Comments on Microsoft To Shutter Games for Windows Live Online Store


On August 18, 2013 at 8:33 am

Well the thing you gotta know about GFWL…

BUL-OP! (Your account has failed to register, you have been signed out of the gamefront comments section.)

WHAT?! jesus this is gonna go on for 20 more minut-

BUL-OP! (DizzyYardbird is online. A 1.5 gigabyte update is required)

No, NO! oh god, I just want to play arkham asylum…


On August 18, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Fine with me. I’ve only used it because it was required for certain games, and it was always problematic, so I can’t say I’m sorry to see this inferior service go away.


On August 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Lets open EA do the same with the crap that is Origin and UBIsoft with their crap UPlay.


On August 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

1.5 gb yeah right if your going to exaggerate at least do it in a realistic light


On August 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Minerva’s den was a solid 2 gigs…