Games for Windows Live Marketplace Closing August 22

Microsoft will officially close its PC Marketplace on August 22, 2013. According to this FAQ on, those who have purchased Games for Windows Live titles and DLC will still be able to play them through the service's client, but won't have access to any kind of marketplace to purchase additional content. Some are concerned that Games for Windows Live titles will be inadvertently pulled from other services such as Steam, but that is really up to the publishers, according to Microsoft.

For example, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet developer Michel Gagne said via Twitter today that the game would continue to be available via Steam.

MS Points will also be going bye-bye – just like they are on Xbox Live:

"As part of the recent Xbox 360 system update, Microsoft Points will be retired and the PC Marketplace will be closed as of August 22, 2013," the FAQ reads. "We encourage you to spend your Microsoft Points balance prior to this change. Although you will not be able to purchase new games, you can continue to enjoy previously purchased content by downloading it through the Games for Windows Live client software as usual."

We will keep an eye out for any GFWL titles that experience hiccups after Microsoft makes its changes on August 22 and keep you posted.

Thanks to MaskedPixelante for the head's up on this story.


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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    Why not admit it sucked disable it then work on a new one that dose not fck with your saves….. Hell do what steam dose offer free downloads of the game,ect

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    lordlundar says:

    Other articles have already covered this. Only the marketplace itself is disappearing. Anything purchased is still available on the account and is not going anywhere in the foreseeable future. Points are getting converted to currency and getting rolled over into the new store which will cover both Xbox and Windows 8 purchases.

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    GrimCW says:

    So much for their BS attempts to still qualify themselves on the PC market.

    Thought they were building GFWL into Win8 in order to try and push the platform harder, whatever happened to that?.. oh yeah, GFWL sucked hard.

    My question is though, will there still be access to the GFWL purchases not currently downloaded, will downloaded items still install manually, and are they converting MS points already in your account or deleting them?

    If they're deleting the points they're going to get sued big time, they can't just take peoples money and run like that…

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    So lets get this straight if I bought Fallout 3 the original version I will not be able to download the DLC to complete the game since that game was using Games For Windows Live Market place?

    EDIT: Are you kidding me so they want you to purchase games using your MS Points before the conversion? So do they mean to take the money and run during this time? This and other things I read here you all wonder why game developers get yelled at? So customers are not allowed to complain we are supposed to lube up and take it otherwise we might hurt their feelings and require them to join a support group

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    MaskedPixelante says:

    I just tweeted Double Fine to see if Iron Brigade would be taken down as well, as the shutdown policy indicates that Microsoft will be removing any MSGS published game that uses GfWL. If I hear back, I'll let you all know.

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