What Happened To Good Old Games?

The entire site of Good Old Games, the online seller of classic - and DRM-free - video games, has been taken offline and replaced with a message saying the service has been closed.

"We have recently had to give serious thought to whether we could really keep GOG.com the way it is," reads the front page message. "We've debated on it for quite some time and, unfortunately, we've decided that GOG.com simply cannot remain in its current form."

The message thanks GOG customers for "an unforgettable journey into the past," and says that later this week "we'll put in place a solution to allow everyone to re-download their games."

The abrupt closure - first noticed sometime after 10 a.m. MDT - set off speculation of legal trouble or an attack on the site. There's no evidence that either is the case. Good Old Games' Twitter feed on Friday morning offered a farewell message, and referred obliquely to problems keeping customers, publishers and management happy. But just a day before, GOG announced it was offering a Codemasters bundle at a deep discount.

The farewell message is not limited to GOG's front page; all previous links to other parts of the site redirect to the closure page.

Phone messages and emails left for GOG and its representatives were not returned as of publication time. Any developments or updates will be added here.

Good Old Games, owned by the Polish games distributor CD Projekt, launched in 2008. It offered classic PC games, tuned to ensure compatibility with modern versions of Microsoft Windows. It was known and well liked among gamers for its commitment to selling games without Digital Rights Management protection, considering it an ineffective antipiracy method that punishes legitimate users.

Here is Good Old Games' farewell message, in its entirety:

Dear GOG users,

We have recently had to give serious thought to whether we could really keep GOG.com the way it is. We've debated on it for quite some time and, unfortunately, we've decided that GOG.com simply cannot remain in its current form.

We're very grateful for all support we've received from all of you in the past two years. Working on GOG.com was a great adventure for all of us and an unforgettable journey to the past, through the long and wonderful history of PC gaming.

This doesn't mean the idea behind GOG.com is gone forever. We're closing down the service and putting this era behind us as new challenges await.

On a technical note, this week we'll put in place a solution to allow everyone to re-download their games. Stay tuned to this page and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

All the best,

GOG.com Team


Comments

    Damn... I'd just bought Stronghold: Crusader from them. Was planning to get Caesar III from them this week, too :/

    found this on their FB posted by one of the fans:
    http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=23418875&postcount=240

    I hope this is true, I still had games to dl...

    fffffffff I have a bunch of games I haven't downloaded. Welcome to the future of digital delivery...

    Well that's irritating. I was planning to buy Master of Magic the next time it went on sale, but it's too late now.

    Damn, this sucks. Hopefully they come back stronger than ever!

    Good thing I decided to download and burn to disc all my purchases from them about a month ago.

    This was truly a service that thought of it's customers which is way too rare when it comes to games. If the troubles was caused by a company getting greedy about some of the content GOG offered then that will be a company that won't be seeing much of my business in the future!

    There's enough evidence to not lose all hope but I'm going to lose some respect for them if it IS an end of beta joke. There's a line between good natured humour and stuff that will damage their business rep and this is on the wrong side of that line

    Lets just say if I'd been the one hired for the PR job they recently filled, this isn't the way this'd happen

    This is terrible!. It really makes me very sad, as I love classic 90's and early 00's games. GOG was so important as it was the first real step towards delivering old games in the same way as old movies, books and music. GameTap came first but it's subscription based and games are played via an applet I think.

    Sure doesn't seem to be much compassion in the above comments though.

    I loved GOG, probably bought about 20 titles from them. Will be sad to see them go :(

    This is epically disappointing. However, I'm going to hold out hope that it is some abysmal attempt at clever marketing.

    Sigh - I still had so much stuff to buy.

    direct download... the future of gaming

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