Microsoft is not shutting down Games for Windows Live

Apparently, they are definitely planning to continue supporting the service despite month, nay, year-long rumors they’d be shutting down GFWL on July 1st. I think the appropriate quote here would be: “What is dead may never die”.

Thing is, lots of devs are jumping or have already jumped the Games for Windows Live ship and found solace in Steamworks. According to Game Informer, even Microsoft owned studio Twisted Pixel recently made the move to Steamworks with Ms. Splosion Man. So basically, Microsoft has opted to keep one of the least popular online services for PC live on life support for now. Anyway, here’s the full statement they put out:

We are continuing to support the Games for Windows Live service. As previously announced, as part of the retirement of Microsoft Points the PC marketplace was closed. Although customers are unable to purchase new games from the marketplace or receive title updates, they can continue to enjoy previously purchased content by downloading them through the Games for Windows Live client as usual. We remain committed to investing in PC gaming in the years ahead, and look forward to sharing more in the future.



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