Games for Windows Live to be Shut Down By Microsoft
According to a recent Microsoft press conference, Microsoft will be closing Games for Windows Live Market place by the end of this month. Microsoft made the following statement in relation to the matter:
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.
With the latest update coming for the Xbox 360, Microsoft points will be converted in to the cash value of the Microsoft Points in your account on Xbox Live. But since the Marketplace is being shut down on the PC and everything being removed from Games for Windows Live, there will be no converting of whatever Microsoft Points you have on there. Basically, if you don’t spend them before the 22nd of this month, you will lose them.
Games for Windows Live as a service will still be up and running, so to speak. Any and all games you have purchased thus far will remain in your possession and belong to you. But say you want to purchase via the Marketplace, that will be a no-go. All of this just highlights another one of the major changes that Microsoft is unleashing before the release of their next-gen console, the Xbox One.
For any other questions any of you may have, hop on over to Xbox.com, where they give the details on any question you may have. Though I warn you, all of the answers get pretty repetitive after a while, stating that for most of you answers, you will have to “Contact the title’s publisher”.