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PC gamers triumph as Games for Windows Live is declared "free"
Posted: 25.07.2008 13:03 by Simon Priest Comments: 2
Microsoft has decided to drop membership fees for premium online components to PC games. The much controversial subscription system is getting dumped.

Kevin Unangst of Microsoft has said they will be "offering refunds" to members as they acknowledge "multiplayer is a baseline expectation on Windows." It's about dang time.

Speaking with Ars Technica, Unangst noted that gamers "liked achievements, automatic updates, friends lists, and so on." He went on to admit that "for the gamers, multiplayer is a baseline expectation on Windows. So we decided to make the decision now for free Games for Windows Live."

"Proactively, we will be offering refunds for those with Windows-specific Gold subscriptions. Customer service has already begun to get communications prepared," he announced.

Finally I can conquer the Earth without shelling out the clams in Petroglyph's Universe At War. Microsoft are also planning to bring PC gamers there own version of the Live Marketplace in the near future.

FREEEEEEDOM!
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Comments

By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Jul 25, 2008
Wowerine
So. They gave up! Congrats. hehe Finally a good decision...
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jul 25, 2008
herodotus
Took their time, but good to see they realized what a mistake they\'d made,