Microsoft has confirmed that the Games For Windows Live Marketplace will be closing down on August 22nd, though the service will continue to exist so people can access games purchased through the service. This is part of the update that will also see Microsoft Points phased out.
This means no Microsoft published GFWL titles will be available to purchase from other digital download services, though other publisher’s titles should be available for the likes of Steam. Purchasing downloadable content for the games will also vary title by title.
The PC market isn’t being abandoned by Microsoft though, at least I don’t think so, considering the appointment of Jason Holtman, to make Windows a competitive gaming platform. We’ll be sure to hear more about the direction Microsoft are heading when it comes to PC gaming.