The End Is... Not Happening For Games For Windows Live
For months now, rumors have been circulating that Microsoft's Games For Windows Live program would be ending service entirely on July 1st, 2014. These rumors became so abundant, and with the mostly negative outlook on the program from PC gamers, it seemed that Games For Windows Live had one foot in the grave. This however, is not the case.
Game Informer recently confronted the company, and in reply Microsoft gave this statement;
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.
Despite saying that it will not be shutting down, more and more developers and publishers who's games use Games For Windows Live are defecting to Steam in favor of Steamworks, this of course is including Twisted Pixel who was acquired under the Microsoft banner in 2011.
With more and more studios leaving, while July 1st may not be the end for the program, it certainly paints a bleak picture for Games For Windows Live.