Microsoft is definitely changing things in its gaming department, as it now has announced in a support note on the Xbox site that it will be
shutting down Games for Windows Live marketplace or Xbox.com PC Marketplace on August 22nd. This comes shortly after we heard the news that Microsoft has hired former Steam boss Jason Holtman, whose mission at the Redmond company is to make “Windows great for gaming”.
The Points system and the Xbox.com PC Marketplace will be closed on August 22nd, so you should better spend your Microsoft Points balance prior to that date. As of you now, you have only one week before Microsoft completely shuts down the services. The Games for Windows Live client software, however, will not be affected, at least initially, letting you play previously purchased games and enjoy the content, as well.
Xbox.com PC marketplace shutting down
Although he full Games for Windows Live service will remain active, this a sign that points to the inevitable death or at serious revamping of Games for Windows Live. Microsoft is only shutting down the shopping segment of its PC business which strongly suggest that a new product or a complete overhaul is on the cards. Some more points clarified by Microsoft on the support note:
Can I purchase in-game downloadable content for my current Games for Windows Live games after Microsoft Points go away? In-game purchases and other downloadable content purchase availability will vary based on the particular game. Please contact specific game publisher for more information.
Will I be able to purchase Games for Windows Live games in other marketplaces now that Games for Windows Live titles are no longer available on Xbox.com? Games for Windows Live titles published by Microsoft are no longer available for purchase from any marketplace. For other titles, please check directly with the title’s publishers.
What happens to my remaining Microsoft Points? Can I spend them? Microsoft Points will be retired as part of the next Xbox 360 system update. The next time you initiate a purchase or redeem a Microsoft Points card or code on your console with your Microsoft account, we’ll add an amount of currency equal to or greater than the Marketplace value of your Microsoft Points to your account. You can then use the currency in your Microsoft account to buy a variety of Xbox content from your favorite Xbox stores, and if you have a Windows Phone 8 device, content from the Windows Phone Store.
If you recall, back in July, 2011, Microsoft has moved Games for Windows marketplace to Xbox.com. Now, we have this new change of plans. What do you think Microsoft is readying for us next in the gaming industry? I for one am excited, especially now that such a resourceful talent as Holtman is on-board, it would seem that Microsoft is getting ready to surprise us.