Games For Windows Live Shuts Down

Games for Windows Live down! Yay or Nay?
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Games for Windows Live will shut down on July 1, 2014.  The news of this date has come from the Ages of Empires Online support page that states:

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Games for Windows Live will be discontinued on July 1, 2014. Although it is available through Steam, Age of Empires Online requires features of the Games for Windows Live service. You can continue to enjoy all the features of Age of Empires Online as the service will remain 100% operational until July 1, 2014 when the server will shut down.

There is only news of a few games (eg., Bioshock 2, Batman:Arkham City) that will be migrating to Steam, while there are no announcements yet about  what will happen to the rest.

What won’t be available?

  • Any game that has not had DRM (Digital Right Management) removed.
  • Any game that has not been updated with a current system because it will have features that cannot be accessible by anyone anymore. 
  • Single player games requiring login authentication to GFWL server.
  • Multiplayer games requiring login authentication to GFWL server.

There are several different reviews regarding GFWL shutting down. A few say it is a good thing and others say it is a bad thing they are shutting down. What are your thoughts and why?

Share your thoughts in the comments box below!


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