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Grand Theft Auto IV pulled from Steam due to Games for Windows Live

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If you have not yet purchased Grand Theft Auto IV on Steam, we've got some bad news. While the Steam page for the game is still up, you can no longer purchase it. As it turns out, this is due to the game using Games for Windows Live. Despite Microsoft ending support for Games For Windows Live several years ago, Grand Theft Auto IV still somewhat relied on the service. Now, it is no longer possible for new game keys to be distributed, according to Rockstar Games.


PR from Rockstar Games  stated that "Grand Theft Auto IV was originally created for the Games For Windows Live platform," and that "With Microsoft no longer supporting Games For Windows Live, it is no longer possible to generate the additional keys needed to continue selling the current version of the game. We are looking at other options for distributing GTAIV for PC and will share more information as soon as we can."


Before Rockstar confirmed that GFWL was to blame for GTAIV’s disappearance from Steam, there was some fun speculation to be had as to why it has happened. PC Gamer noted that expiring song licensing agreements could have been to blame (they caused a similar problem for Vice City back in 2012), while others guessed that Rockstar could have been preparing to sell the game exclusively through its own launcher.


We'll have to wait and see what happens. In the meantime, if you already own Grand Theft Auto IV and have been playing it, you should continue to be able to play it without any issues.

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1 hour ago, Pollux said:

Wow that is dumb, glad I already own it.

Sucks for me as I was just about to purchase the bundle that had III, IV, Liberty City Stories, Vice City, and San Andreas but now that isn't possible.

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