Microsoft Is Killing Games For Windows Really, Really Soon
Games for Windows Live has been the thrown in thousands of PC gamers sides for many, many years now. Despite being a near skeletal online digital distribution system, the service which allowed PC gamers to take their Gamertag to another platform usually produced more problems that customer friendly solutions, leading to infuriating save game issues, account messes and more.
And in just under a week, Microsoft will shut the system down, permanently. As a result of the conversion from Microsoft Points to actually currency values, Microsoft will shut down Games for Windows Live.
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“As part of the recent Xbox 360 system update, Microsoft Points will be retired and the Xbox.com PC Marketplace will be closed as of August 22, 2013,” Microsoft explains. “We encourage you to spend your Microsoft Points balance prior to this change. Although you will not be able to purchase new games, you can continue to enjoy previously purchased content by downloading it through the Games for Windows Live client software as usual.”
Problem is, because there will no longer be a store on PC, there will be now points rollover similar to the Xbox 360. That means anyone with points on their Games for Windows Live account has just under a week to blow them, or effectively lose them forever. Not that there’s anything to buy on the store in the first place.
Don’t worry about purchased content though. The Games for Windows Live service will still allow you to re-download purchases and access your account for games that use the service. The only difference here is that the store will cease to exist, and games in the future will not utilise the system as they have done in the past, starting with Batman: Arkham Origins moving over to Steam authorisation.
But don’t be sad, this is a really good thing for PC gamers everywhere. If you’re not a PC gamer, just take my word for it.