Microsoft Reiterates Its Support For Games For Windows Live

June 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft continues to refute that it is shutting Games For Windows Live down in July. In August of last year a support update on Xbox.com stated, "Games for Windows Live will be discontinued on July 1, 2014". That message was later removed and Microsoft has denied that it is shutting down the multiplayer service for PC games ever since.

"We are continuing to support the Games for Windows Live service," it said in a statement issued to Game Informer. "We remain committed to investing in PC gaming in the years ahead, and look forward to sharing more in the future."

Microsoft closed its PC Marketplace in August of last year, but left an option for those who purchased content to have access to it, as well as title updates for games that use the service.

While many games have been transitioned to Steamworks and away from Games For Windows Live, there are still some games that use it like Bandai Namco's Dark Souls....

Source: Game Informer


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Re: Microsoft Reiterates Its Support For Games For Windows Live

They might as well drop it at this point. Just about every title that relied on it has either went to another system (most went to Steamworks) or implemented workarounds to not require it in the first place.

Re: Microsoft Reiterates Its Support For Games For Windows Live

MS should just bite the bullet and offer 50K to any dev who will update their games GFWL code, after MS updates GFWL to work on win8 and fix it on win7 to not touch save games(unless its an online /MP save) or settings, to only prevent the game from starting if it can not authenticate it.

 

Hell I could cut and paste a better system than the current GFWL.....(that is if there was open source code and a forum to go annoy people in)


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Re: Microsoft Reiterates Its Support For Games For Windows Live

So with strong support do they have a windows 8 x64 installer yet.  I upgraded to Windows 8 a few years ago and quite a few games wouldn't work because there wasn't a windows live installer for windows 8.  So that left me with a few games I had purchased off steam unusable. 

Microsoft has a long history of "saying" they are committed to games for windows live on PC.  In reality all they do is make a press release every 3-5 years saying they are redoubling their efforts to make Windows the best gaming platform out there.  They then seemingly do everything they can to ruin PC gaming.  Microsoft and gaming on the PC has turned into an industry joke at this point.  (Don't even get me started on GameSpy multiplayer games).

Re: Microsoft Reiterates Its Support For Games For Windows Live

Ah, so I'm not alone. Boy oh boy, I sure am glad I upgraded to Windows 8.1.

Re: Microsoft Reiterates Its Support For Games For Windows Live

Not just multiplayer services, but DRM services too.

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Re: Microsoft Reiterates Its Support For Games For Windows Live

"We are continuing to support the Games for Windows Live service," it said in a statement issued to Game Informer. "We remain committed to investing in PC gaming in the years ahead, and look forward to sharing more in the future."

I'm definitely getting the impression that Microsoft is truthfully giving strong support to, and heavily investing resources in the further development of Games for Windows live. Why, it was only three years ago that it last had an update of any kind, and it is approaching five years since the last major overhaul of the service.

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