Games for Windows Live lives! At least this is what Microsoft have announced earlier today, confirming that they are not pulling the plug off of their online gaming service. Just yet.
News has been slow on this front, at least from Redmond, even as countless titles have ported over to Valve’s Steam service. Even so, several major titles still use Game for Windows Live, including highly popular ones like Grand Theft Auto 4.
Microsoft announced the decision to shut down the marketplace last year.
And the company has now offered a statement to GameInformer, saying that the plan is to continue supporting Games for Windows Live in the future. Here it is, in full:
“We are continuing to support the Games for Windows Live service. As previously announced, as part of the retirement of Microsoft Points the Xbox.com 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.”
I wonder who spread these rumors of the service shutting down in full in the first place.
This was the company’s attempt to bring a service like Xbox Live to PC, but glitches, bugs and lack of support meant that it absolutely failed to take off.
Then again, unless Microsoft is planning something major for this service, it probably is best to let it go.