Microsoft has announced that it is shutting down PC Market place aka Games for Windows Live Marketplace on August 23 and has advised users to start spending all their points before the closure takes effect.
Just last week we reported that Xbox 360’s next system update will retire Microsoft Points for good. With the latest note, Microsoft is taking out one more service that was heavily relying on its Points system. “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”, reads the support note.
The announcement doesn’t mean that Games for Windows Live are going away anywhere. It’s just that Microsoft is going to limit the ability to purchase them through its store. Microsoft has added that users will not be able to purchase new games but, they can still enjoy the already downloaded games.
“Although the purchase functionality will be discontinued, the Games for Windows Live service will continue to operate as usual”, reads one of the FAQs in the support note. There is no restriction on in-app purchases for now and the functionality will be at the discretion of game publishers.
Games for Windows Live hasn’t been too popular a service and has been often criticized for its stringent DRM restrictions as well as lack of Xbox title ports.