Report: Good Old Games Closes Its Doors [Updated]

[Update: 1:27 p.m.] When contacted for a comment regarding the current 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 to exit its longstanding beta status.

Writing on a Polish business forum (via NeoGAF, CD's parent company--co-founder Michał Kiciński mentions a conference dated for this Wednesday along with the message (translated), "Information about this soon on (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 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:
We have recently had to give serious thought to whether we could really keep the way it is. We've debated on it for quite some time and, unfortunately, we've decided that 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 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 is gone forever. We're closing down the service and putting this era behind us as new challenges await.

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.]

Xav de Matos was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    September 19, 2010 11:06 AM


    Well first off I have a few undownloaded games so this bothers me, second why was this so abrupt? Not even a warning to let us download what we own?

    This is very disappointing. I thought the site was doing quite well.

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      September 19, 2010 11:08 AM

      If they were strapped for cash they could have given a weeks notice, and seen HUGE sales during that time.
      Its too sudden for that, probably outside pressure.

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