Report: Good Old Games Closes Its Doors [Updated]
[Update: 1:27 p.m.] When contacted for a comment regarding the current GOG.com situation, a Good Old Games representative told Shacknews, "As the message on the site says, this doesn't mean GOG is gone :) We'll have more to share in the coming days." Conspiracy theories online point to the "shut down" as a marketing ploy from GOG.com to exit its longstanding beta status.Writing on a Polish business forum (via NeoGAF, CD Projekt--GOG.com's parent company--co-founder Michał Kiciński mentions a conference dated for this Wednesday along with the message (translated), "Information about this soon on GOG.com (please do not panic after reading the information contained there:)." Our initial skepticism appears to be correct, as this situation looks like nothing more than a bad marketing stunt. More information expected soon.
[Original Story] If a message that has appeared on the Good Old Games website is to be believed, the DRM-free digital distributor has closed its doors. According to a suspiciously ugly message found on the GOG.com website and messages on both the service's Twitter and Facebook accounts, Good Old Games will no longer continue to be the primary sales source for DRM-free PC classic titles.
The message reads:
The message claims that sometime this week a solution will be "put in place" to allow gamers to re-download any content they have purchased.
Shacknews has contacted representatives at Good Old Games to learn whether the message is legitimate and, if so (and we hope it isn't), why the company decided to discontinue its service so abruptly.[Thanks to all who sent this in.]
We have recently had to give serious thought to whether we could really keep GOG.com the way it is. We've debated on it for quite some time and, unfortunately, we've decided that GOG.com simply cannot remain in its current form.
We're very grateful for all support we've received from all of you in the past two years. Working on GOG.com was a great adventure for all of us and an unforgettable journey to the past, through the long and wonderful history of PC gaming.
This doesn't mean the idea behind GOG.com is gone forever. We're closing down the service and putting this era behind us as new challenges await.