Games for Windows Live is still a thing

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Despite just about every single game of note transitioning away from Microsoft’s ill-fated Games for Windows Live service, Microsoft just doesn’t want to let the thing die. Last year, Microsoft’s Ensemble studios suggested that the service would be officially retired on 1 July this year.

“Games for Windows Live will be discontinued on July 1, 2014. Although it is available through Steam, Age of Empires Online requires features of the Games for Windows Live service. You can continue to enjoy all the features of Age of Empires Online as the service will remain 100% operational until July 1, 2014 when the server will shut down,” read a now removed post on the Age of Empires support site.

Now, just a week until that date, Microsoft has said that GFWL will continue to live as it the company reaffirms its commitment to PC gaming.

“We are continuing to support the Games for Windows Live service,” the company told Gameinformer.

“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.”

Honestly, I think all games that still use the service should transition over to Steamworks, or just scrap the DRM entirely (Don’t support DRM, right?). Games for Windows Live was a failed attempt to give PC gaming the same sort of unified service that console gamers enjoyed with Xbox Live, and has been nearly universally loathed by just about anyone with a PC since its inception.  

Last Updated: June 23, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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