The lights are on
Current users of the service will be able to play their Games for Windows Lives games indefinitely, but don't expect to buy anything from the store after August.
After August 22, the marketplace will officially close, along with any leftover credit you have not redeemed by that time. Microsoft is encouraging user to spend the rest of their Microsoft points before that date. The closure of the marketplace is a product of the upcoming changes to Xbox Live's marketplace, and the abandonment of Microsoft points.
As part of the recent Xbox 360 system update, Microsoft Points will be retired and the Xbox.com PC Marketplace will be closed as of August 22, 2013. 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.
For more on the closure, you can check out Microsoft's full FAQ.
Our TakeGames for Windows Live has long suffered from the crippling debilitation of not being Steam – a struggle EA's Origin service is currently facing. I can't imagine any players are upset that the service is disappearing.
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Well Microsoft is probably planning something with the guy from Steam they just hired so this is most likely an attempt to improve something.
I am extremely upset that this service is disappearing! Did I just blow your mind?
NO? Well I lied anyway, cause when it comes to Games For Windows Live, "ain't nobody got time fo' dat!"
I really don't care.
Saw it coming a mile away when they hired high end Steam talent. Good move.
Games For Windows LIVE...Doesn't quite roll off the tongue like Xbox LIVE. Not gonna lie, I didn't even know this was a thing. Of course, I don't really game on my laptop either even though I could.
The only thing I enjoyed about it was that I could voice chat in game with my friends when they were playing on Xbox live.
Honestly I can't help but think of this as a good things inch I've always found games for windows live to be a pain , .. That said they should credit ppl their money if they don't spend it considering