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Surprise! Last week we reported on Microsoft's abandonment of Games for Windows Marketplace and how discontinuation of the Live service was likely just around the corner. Today our prediction is coming true. In now removed support page for Age of Empires Online, Microsoft mentions that Games for Windows Live will be discontinued on July 1st, 2014. Full text below:

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.

It's very likely that even purchases from the Games for Windows Marketplace will be unaccessable after this date. The biggest question we have now is if Rockstar will be removing G4WL from Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes from Liberty City in favor of Steam or Social Club. As we reported last week, a number of developers have already begun working to removing G4WL from their games such as Rockstar's sister label 2K Games. While Rockstar hasn't announced any plans yet nor have we come across any indication that they will be, we believe it would be in their best interest to do so in order to appease fans and ensure continued catalog sales. Catalog sales have historically been Take-Two's bread and butter for continued revenue and it's likely the reason why 2K is even bothering to update Bioshock 2.

For a list of games that will no longer function correctly after the date, including Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes from Liberty City, please see this helpful Wikipedia article listing Games for Windows Live games.

We have contacted Rockstar for comment. We'll let you know if they respond.

Source: Shack News

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