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 Xbox.com 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 Xbox.com.
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.