Microsoft opening online computer games shop

October 22, 2010
People play a multi-player video game during an introduction of "Xbox Live" in Hong Kong. Microsoft on Friday announced plans to open an online shop stocked with downloadable games for play on personal computers running on its software.

Microsoft on Friday announced plans to open an online shop stocked with downloadable games for play on personal computers running on its software.

Games for the Windows Marketplace website will launch at gamesforwindows.com on November 15, according to the Redmond, Washington-based software titan.

"We set out to create a digital store built for PC gamers end-to-end," said PC and gaming senior global director Kevin Unangst.

"And by integrating with our existing Xbox LIVE and Windows Live services, we've made it easier than ever for millions of gamers to see for themselves how easy buying PC games can be," Unangst said.

is an online gaming community managed by Microsoft.

Marketplace will launch with a portfolio of 100 games including blockbuster titles such as "Fable" and "Grand Theft Auto," according to Microsoft.

Videogame makers that will have titles at the online shop include Rockstar, Capcom, Square Enix, and Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment.

"We plan to deliver some of our biggest and best PC franchises on Games for from day one," said Christian Svensson, corporate officer and vice president of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Capcom.

"Digital distribution continues to drive growth in PC gaming, and we're excited to partner with Microsoft and bring amazing games to this growing marketplace."

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Flakk
1 / 5 (1) Oct 22, 2010
I hope this doesn't turn out like Valv's Steam service. If my internet connection goes out I'd still like to be able to play.
mmstick
5 / 5 (1) Oct 23, 2010
I hope this doesn't turn out like Valv's Steam service. If my internet connection goes out I'd still like to be able to play.

If your internet connection goes out you can still play games off Steam, dur. You don't need to be online to play Steam games, except online games of course. Steam is the greatest digital distribution platform in existence.
Nichole_Jones
not rated yet Oct 23, 2010
Thanks Microsoft for their decision. I love playing online games and mostly use aafter.com.. It offers plenty of free online games; takes no time to download; no hassle of ad. Just type games: in the search box and press enter.

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