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Games for Windows Live Not Shutting Down

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  • Games for Windows Live Not Shutting Down

    Microsoft just punked the entire gaming world. Their only good decision for the service was their choice to shut the annoying service down early July 2014. However, they have now come out to say that they will not be shutting the service down. I'm sure PC gamers and developers that scrambled to change their titles are absolutely thrilled at this latest 180 from Microsoft.
    Microsoft said to Game Informer:
    "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."

    On one hand, that's good news for those games that were not going to be updated to use something other than Games for Windows Live. On the other hand, the developers that did scramble to change their backend probably aren't too happy that they essentially wasted resources to change something they didn't need to change. This includes some of Microsoft's own internal studios (including Twisted Pixel Games) that decided to make the switch.

    In addition, if Microsoft is really "committed to investing in the PC gaming" realm, keeping Games for Windows Live is probably not the way to go about it. Time will certainly tell.