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Games For Windows Live Marketplace Shutting Down

by Lokesh Krishna on August 16, 2013


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As part of Microsoft evolving its Xbox Live services before the launch of the Xbox One, the Games For Windows Live Marketplace will be shut down on August 22, 2013. This is because of the next Xbox 360 update which retires Microsoft Points.

Microsoft has asked PC users to spend their Microsoft Points before August 22 as the Marketplace will be shutdown then and they may end up losing their cash. After August 22 no more fresh purchases can be made but the client can be used to download previously bought content. DLC and other in-game content accessibility will vary from game to game and Microsoft has asked users to contact publishers for more details. Even Games For Windows Live titles published by Microsoft will no longer be available, not only from the Games For Windows Live Marketplace but from other marketplaces too.

Gamers with a Xbox 360 or a Windows Phone 8 device will receive cash equal to or greater than their Marketplace value of their Microsoft points in their Microsoft account when making their next purchase while users without either can contact Microsoft’s customer support.

This news follows that of several high profile games like Batman: Arkham City and Bioshock 2 dropping their GFWL requirements. Guess we know why now…

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  • XBOXsucks

    Ah the classic i’m going to steal your money right in front of you from Microsoft. At least they are giving console games a year before they steal their money.

  • GK15

    Won’t really be missed. Games were too overpriced. I don’t know why they couldn’t adopt the same sales model as Steam.

  • Person

    I play Dark Souls regularly. Without signing in you can’t save. Will I be able to play and continue my character?

    • Incredinic

      And I play Fallout 3. What will happen to me?

    • http://www.jackpipsam.blogspot.com Mark Davenport

      GFWL isn’t shutting down, only the marketplace.

      So games should work as normal.

  • JustADude

    For those wondering about saves. I have had the same problem with not wanting to use Windows Live with Fallout 3 so I moved my save files from my profile folder and put them in the general saves folder. Hope I helped.

  • TheSkywalker

    For those worried about the save games, only the Marketplace is shutting down. No more purchasing but all other features remain intact.

  • james braselton

    hi there yeah only thing i have is about 10 apps youtube netflix cnbc msn pizza hut and few other

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