Just A Week Before Closure Microsoft Pledges To Continue Support For GFWL

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 1:00 PM
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Games for Windows Live has been on life support for many months now, and we’re just a week away from Microsoft’s announced shutdown. While many of us assumed Microsoft would simply pull the plug and sever the service once and for all, Microsoft has now bizarrely u-turned and pledged to continue support for the Games for Windows Live service.

Games such as Dark Souls and Street Fighter IV have been floating around in a pre-shutdown purgatory of sorts, as developers rush to release updates to sever the GFWL services from their titles. Microsoft has moved to assuage fears in a recent interview though, claiming that the service will continue to be supported in the coming months…

Microsoft said in a statement that they “are continuing to support the Games for Windows Live service,” before confirming that although customers will be unable to purchase any new games through the service, “they can continue to enjoy previously purchased content by downloading them through the Games for Windows Live client as usual.

The official shutdown for the online store was planned for July 1st, but reports of its death were reportedly greatly exaggerated. Only a few few weeks ago Phil Spencer was once again claiming that Microsoft needs to boost its gaming presence on PC once more, so this could well be the first step towards making Windows and PC gaming a priority once more.

For a list of all the titles that would have been affected by the planned closure be sure to check out this wee article here. While it seems many of these are safe for now, Microsoft's ability to u-turn in spectacular fashion during the past year no doubt means nothing is definitely safe. 

Do you even want to see GFWL saved? What do you think are Microsoft’s intentions here? As always, let us know!

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14:22 Jun-24-2014

Top 2 Worst DRMs Ever:


1 - SecuROM 2007-2009
2 - Games for Windows Live

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17:10 Jun-24-2014

Oh yeah... Damn it was such a pain to get my legitimately bought copy of Halo 2 PC up and running... Meanwhile pirates had not only cracked the game but also ported it to Windows XP and hackers developed custom cheat engines for it which allowed you to alter the physics engine entirely which worked with the pirated version only...

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10:10 Jun-24-2014

No...! Someone kill this thing before it breeds...!
The horror...! The horror...!

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07:55 Jun-24-2014

DAMN IT ;; now I can't play Dark Souls anymore or Resident Evil 5
Why!
It's like I buy two games, for nothing and now they don't work. ;
; BS man, BS

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05:25 Jun-24-2014

I wish they made Age of Empires 4 :'(

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21:58 Jun-23-2014

Nooooooo please don't tell me this is what they meant by supporting the PC platform more. :(

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19:30 Jun-23-2014

Most games in steam have ditched it and they are better for it like Batman Arkham Asylum and Street Fighter, not worth saving.

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19:23 Jun-23-2014

KIll it! Kill it before someone gets hurt!

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20:59 Jun-23-2014

Kill it before it lays eggs lol

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19:01 Jun-23-2014

Troll level: Master

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16:59 Jun-23-2014
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16:12 Jun-23-2014

lol
"Microsoft needs to boost its gaming presence on PC once more..."
Ok if you say so, release every XBOX exclusive on PC then maybe i'll care about GFWL...

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16:02 Jun-23-2014

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

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16:00 Jun-23-2014

It still doesn't mean it won't be shutdown like next year or something, which still short.

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15:20 Jun-23-2014

Whoah, hold on. GFWL doesn't support my country, so if Microsoft keeps this horrid abortion of a service up, does that mean that I still won't be able to play?

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15:31 Jun-23-2014

If you can't play now because of the lack of GFWL support, you won't be able to after they pull the plug either. It all depends on whether or not the devs release patches to get rid of it.

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16:15 Jun-23-2014

Or a crack, you do officially own the game, so legally, they are the ones in the wrong, for taking away your game you payed for, and are not able to play at all. But I'd personally like to have the peace of mind that my game is not going to be filled with a virus, like some cracks may have.

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00:22 Jun-24-2014

that's because all cracks are virusses plain and simple. But it's a negative positive. It won't infect your pc, just let's you play a game.


Ah man, back in the day I used to no-cd every game I had, much less hassle. Now you have digital distribution but back in the day, that was the solution.

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23:44 Jun-23-2014

Totally agree. I wish this wasn't the case but I have quite a few older games that simply wouldn't work in my current rig without tampared files (Hey, ME1). Kinda lame having to crack a title after actually buying it, eh?

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15:18 Jun-23-2014

i know this question is very stupid but, why does everybody hates GFWL?

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15:36 Jun-23-2014

Serial insertion even when games are bought through digital retailers, account registration and mandatory-but-not-quite cloud saving; to say nothing of the ocasional bugs. It's the kind of stuff you shouldn't have to deal after a purchase.

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16:00 Jun-23-2014

thank you for explaining.

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15:05 Jun-23-2014

I thoguht it had already stopped years ago?

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15:05 Jun-23-2014

Keeping GFWL alive is like having a man with all kinds of cancer and not pulling the plug..
Pull the ****ing plug already!!!!

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15:41 Jun-23-2014

That helps no one. No sane dev will release a game reliant on GFWL today and shutting down the system won't free games that already use it. MS is trying to at least save face by keeping the service available for as long as they can.

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14:43 Jun-23-2014

Their just doing this to give devs more time to switch over. GFWL is still dying and MS is re-aserting its self in other ways for windows gaming. Like DirectX 12- they previously said they were never going to make another DirectX after 11 (excluding DX 11 updates). Wich, as they said earlier, only really benifits PC gamers.


I HOPE they port updated versions of Halo 1/2 as apart of this move.

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14:36 Jun-23-2014

They must know everyone utterly detests GFWL, I mean surely?

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14:31 Jun-23-2014

i dont care if this thing lives or dies. i have 2 games that use games for windows live and i cant get acces to it in any of them! i have to play with a stupid local profile!

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14:30 Jun-23-2014

We'll just grab our pitchforks and kill it ourselves!

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