Games for Windows Marketplace closing next week

Games for Windows Live is pretty much dead. While support for Microsoft's PC gaming service has waned over the years, the company has announced that it will no longer be possible to purchase games off the service.

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Games for Windows Live is pretty much dead. While support for Microsoft's PC gaming service has waned over the years, the company has announced that it will no longer be possible to purchase games off the service.

On August 22, the PC Marketplace on Xbox.com will stop selling Games for Windows titles. As Microsoft points out, first-party games published by Microsoft "are no longer available for purchase from any marketplace." However, third-party games may be distributed on other services.

If you did purchase games through Games for Windows Live, you'll be able to redownload content through the client. However, in-game purchases and DLC support may be affected depending on the title. According to Xbox support, you'll have to contact specific publishers for more information.

If you have any remaining Microsoft Points, they'll be converted into local currency around the time of the next Xbox 360 system update. While you won't be able to use your credit on PC games, you'll be able to buy Xbox and Windows Phone 8 content.

Although the store is being closed, Microsoft told Eurogamer that they will continue "to support the Games for Windows Live platform."

"Although purchase functionality will be discontinued through this marketplace, the Games for Windows Live service will continue to operate as usual," Microsoft said. So while you won't be able to buy any new Games for Windows games, the ones that are still out there should remain functional.

Microsoft's PC gaming ambitions may have recently changed, as the company recently hired a Valve alum to make "Windows a great platform for gaming."

From The Chatty

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    August 15, 2013 1:15 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Games for Windows Marketplace closing next week.

    Games for Windows Live is pretty much dead. While support for Microsoft's PC gaming service has waned over the years, the company has announced that it will no longer be possible to purchase games off the service.

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      August 15, 2013 1:31 PM

      interesting. is this our first taste of what happens when a digital download store gets shut down?

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        August 15, 2013 2:38 PM

        Nope. The first one was Triton: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triton_%28content_delivery%29

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          August 15, 2013 3:47 PM

          Triton was awesome. Too bad it closed. I fondly remember Triton asking me if I wanted to install a patch for Prey... beats the heck out of Steam's approach(I am a huge fan of Steam otherwise) to autoupdating. Really all DD platforms should allow you to have autopatching with the option of being queried on a patch by patch basis if you want to install it.

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      August 15, 2013 1:32 PM

      Quick! It's leg is broken! SHOOT IT

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      August 15, 2013 1:34 PM

      Charming: While you won't be able to use your credit on PC games, you'll be able to buy Xbox and Windows Phone 8 content.

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        August 15, 2013 1:35 PM

        I have really started to hate Microsoft's strategies lately.

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        August 15, 2013 1:45 PM

        um, im sure that includes xbox games on windows

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          August 15, 2013 1:52 PM

          Which you cannot buy since they're not selling games in GFWL anymore.

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            August 15, 2013 1:53 PM

            they are in the windows store

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      August 15, 2013 1:38 PM

      Aren't there Mass Effect DLCs there you can't get anywhere else for PC? Also that BioShock 2: Minerva's Den thing, IIRC.

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        August 15, 2013 1:56 PM

        You can get those directly from Bioware.

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        August 15, 2013 2:04 PM

        This is what I get for not specifying to get Batman: AC on Steam for Christmas. Got the GFWL retail box. Oh well.

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      August 15, 2013 1:44 PM

      Games for Windows Live Dead

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        August 15, 2013 2:10 PM

        set it on fire so it can't become Games for Windows Undead.

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          August 18, 2013 9:21 AM

          I think that's a bit late :(

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      August 15, 2013 1:44 PM

      Jeez, so I guess I can say goodbye to the two or three GFWL games I own in a few years when they shut down the activation servers too. And I have the fucking discs too.

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        August 15, 2013 5:35 PM

        Maybe the publishers of said titles will be cool and issue update patches to fix the problem. You can hope, anyway.

        If nothing else, there's cracks out which fix this. Getting your saves migrated over might be a pain in the tuchus if you want to retain those, but that's about the extent of the problems you can expect.

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          August 15, 2013 8:30 PM

          "if we ever stop supporting BioShock [online activation servers], we will release a patch so that the game is still playable." http://www.shacknews.com/article/53236/bioshock-pc-install-limit-lifted

          That was for Bioshock 1, for the SecuROM activation DRM. The spokesperson who said that is no longer with the company. The Steam version of BioShock still has SecuROM DRM listed.

          As for Bioshock 2, that's Games for Windows Live. We'll see what happens with that. Same with Bulletstorm, Red Faction Guerilla, Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and a few other notable games.

          At least we now know why Capcom announced that Street Fighter IV was going over to Steam. How could they sell DLC over GFWL if the marketplace was closing down?

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      August 15, 2013 2:05 PM

      How many multiplayer games on PC will die when GFWL shuts down for good?

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        August 15, 2013 3:56 PM

        dark souls:(

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          August 16, 2013 4:27 AM

          that is a very sad fucking thing

          why anyone ever thought using GFWL instead of..well.. anything else, is beyond me.

          hell ya GFWL, lets do that! That way we can piss off our consumers and make something simple like releasing a 4 month old patch for our game damn near impossible!

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      August 15, 2013 2:08 PM

      They better fucking patch that shit so the games will keep working once the service shuts down.

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        August 15, 2013 2:12 PM

        When has that ever happened?

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          August 15, 2013 2:38 PM

          Has it ever come up? I mean, yes, there are games with central server requirements that shut down after some time, but in those cases the servers were central to the gameplay (e.g., every single MMO EA Online ever published). In this case, we're talking about third party titles that could easily be played without the server requirement.

          TL;DR: I should be able to play a Bethesda game regardless of Microsoft's failed DRM platform/layer

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        August 15, 2013 2:40 PM

        GFWL servers arent shutting down, the marketplace is shutting down.

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          August 15, 2013 8:22 PM

          ^^^^ this. What's shutting down is Microsoft's way of buying games through GFWM

          Though their naming and marketing really bonered this in every possible way

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        August 15, 2013 3:56 PM

        MS had no qualms about shutting down an entire console service, what makes you think they're gonna give a shit about a bunch of dead weight PC games?

        At most we'll see individual devs/publishers take responsibility.

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          August 15, 2013 4:16 PM

          "MS had no qualms about shutting down an entire console service, what makes you think they're gonna give a shit about a bunch of dead weight PC games?

          At most we'll see individual devs/publishers take responsibility."

          Fixed version: "MS has no qualms".

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          August 15, 2013 8:31 PM

          This is a bad post. They kept the servers for the original Xbox Live running for years, even when the number of active users had likely become remarkably small. I understand the few thousand hardcore Halo 2 players were affected by this, but out of all the things you can criticize MS for, this is a pretty silly one.

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            August 15, 2013 10:05 PM

            My point wasn't that it was bad that MS did that with the xbox so much that I find it hard to believe that MS would, strategically, think GFWL legacy support is more important than that in the event they should choose to abandon it.

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          August 15, 2013 8:45 PM

          We already have seen individual devs make moves. Monolith changed Gotham City Impostors from a GFWL retail game to a Steamworks free-to-play game: http://www.shacknews.com/article/75564/gotham-city-impostors-goes-free-to-play-on-pc

          Also, Ultra Street Fighter IV will be Steam only on PC: http://www.joystiq.com/2013/08/14/ultra-street-fighter-4-on-pc-ditches-gfwl-for-steam/

          That's pretty much only for games that have active development, though; I imagine that there won't be much done for games that have been out for years, and whose developers and/or publishers can't spare the time to convert them. For those reasons, Microsoft's probably going to keep GFWL authentication running for years from now.

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        August 15, 2013 4:17 PM

        Not gonna happen.

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        August 15, 2013 4:27 PM

        Bioshock and Batman games already have inbound patches announced.

        Hopefully Namco gets their shit together with this too.

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          August 15, 2013 4:49 PM

          "Bioshock and Batman games already have inbound patches announced. "

          Source? I have only seen online speculation about this, not any actual official annoucements from 2K or WB.

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          August 15, 2013 7:39 PM

          Batman is the game I'm really concerned about.

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      August 15, 2013 2:21 PM

      Maybe they've got something else in the pipeline?
      http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/15/microsoft-hires-former-valve-jason-holtman/

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      August 15, 2013 2:24 PM

      Where will people buy stuff like the Dirt3 DLC? Minvera's Den for BioShock 2?

      Will that stuff finally come to Steam? Doesn't seem likely if it hasn't already happened.

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        August 15, 2013 8:12 PM

        More importantly, will Dirt 3 and GTA 4 still work?

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          August 15, 2013 8:26 PM

          Yes. For now.

          From the sounds of it they are only killing the marketplace where you buy digital games and addons, not the actual GFWL service you are required to log into for these games.

          There would be a massive shitstorm if folks couldn't play stuff like Dark Souls, GTA4, SSF4, etc.

          But if you can no longer buy the stuff that's exclusive to the GFWL Marketplace, is it gone forever? I own the Minerva's Den DLC, will I still be able to download it?

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      August 15, 2013 2:30 PM

      Probably won't be able to buy gears of war 1 anywhere online then

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      August 15, 2013 2:41 PM

      Which Shacker had the bridge building game? Wasn't it on there?

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      August 15, 2013 2:56 PM

      I wonder if I will lose my Batman doc.

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      August 15, 2013 3:53 PM

      I think I originally bought the Fallout 3 DLCs through this service when they came out. I think because it was the only service to do so, at first. I am not sure how this news effects me.

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        August 15, 2013 5:20 PM

        Just keep the various ESMs and BSAs for the DLCs. Back them up to a separate drive if necessary. As annoying as GFWL was in Fallout 3, it doesn't seem to encrypt content, so you should be good.

        On a related topic, I'm crossing my fingers and wishing very hard that Bethesda will take a couple minutes and issue a patch for F3 that removes GFWL and its atrocities. Anyone who runs FOSE pretty much has to do that already, so it's not like it's impossible.

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      August 15, 2013 5:24 PM

      Crabs Jarrard just got an erection and he doesn't know why

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      August 15, 2013 6:25 PM

      I haven't bought all the DLC for dirt 3. does that mean i cannot get those Dlc anymore ?

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      August 15, 2013 6:27 PM

      What a fucking piece-of-shit system. Fuck you Microsoft. And fuck all the companies who used that piece of garbage.

      It was always a slow, horribly-supported piece of garbage that should've been killed a long time ago. Good riddance.

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      August 15, 2013 7:53 PM

      Is this the only way to get Minerva's Den on PC? This is important.

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        August 15, 2013 8:03 PM

        Yeah, I'm wondering if I should buy Minerva's Den now or hope that it goes on Steam.

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        August 16, 2013 12:40 AM

        That was my first thought as well. :(

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          August 16, 2013 1:10 AM

          Although there is a light at the end of a tunnel as someone apparently spotted Minerva's Den achievements on Steamworks.

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        August 16, 2013 5:10 AM

        Oh crap, that's right. In an ideal world, 2K would release this as a standalone title on Steam. But that would be dirty, since most of the creative minds that made Minerva's Den split away to make Gone Home. I think I'll just buy Gone Home instead.

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      August 15, 2013 8:55 PM

      will the DLC version of Episodes from Liberty City be on steam then? I don't want to have 32 gigs worth of GTA4

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      August 15, 2013 10:44 PM

      Age of Empires 3 for ten cents: the only thing I ever bought there

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      August 16, 2013 12:53 AM

      Kick and stomp it while it's down, don't let it get back up! Jesus Christ, kill it, kill it!

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      August 16, 2013 1:04 AM

      KILL IT!! KILL IT WITH FIRE!!

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        August 16, 2013 1:06 AM

        Also, thank God. I'm pleased they're still supporting it, I need Street Fighter in my life, but my God...what a broken platform GFWL is.

        Designed by a goon who has only ever used a PC once in his life, obviously, given the moronic way it forces you to interact. Where's my chat box? Oh nooooooo, I have to mess on bringing up menus and typing a message to someone then clicking send...W.T.F!