Grand Theft Auto IV has been removed from Steam due to GFWL

Earlier this week, Rockstar removed Grand Theft Auto 4 from Steam. Yeap, you read that right; the game is no longer available for purchase on Steam’s digital service. And according to a Rockstar spokesperson, its removal was due to GFWL (Games For Windows Live).

As Rockstar’s spokesperson told The Verge:

“Grand Theft Auto IV was originally created for the Games For Windows Live platform. 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 distributingĀ GTAIVĀ for PC and will share more information as soon as we can.”

Our guess is that Rockstar will remove GFWL from the game and re-release it. However, it remains unclear whether the new version will return on Steam. Perhaps Rockstar will make this new version exclusive to the Rockstar Launcher? And what about all the current Steam versions of GTA4? Will Rockstar remove GFWL from them via a new patch/update?

Stay tuned for more!

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