Grand Theft Auto IV has recently been removed from Steam. After much speculation on why this is the case, the Rockstar Games' spokesperson stepped in to give the fans the answer - its reliance on Microsoft's GFWL platform.
ResetEra's forums recently brought news that Rockstar Games' GTA IV has been removed from Steam. The reasons for this were initially unclear but a couple of publications reached out to the developer and this was the answer they got:
"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 distributing GTAIV for PC and will share more information as soon as we can."
Rockstar has now confirmed that the reason for GTA IV's absence from Steam is due to its reliance on the Games for Windows Live (GFWL) platform, which they say Microsoft is no longer supporting.
The title's dependence on the Games for Windows Live platform has been causing issues in the past. Microsoft started slowly shutting down the PC gaming platform back in 2013 when they closed the Games for Windows Live store.
Even so, Rockstar never patched the service out of GTA IV. The game does still work but with a couple of snags along the way. The obstacles can be overcome with the help of various forum posts and guides on the game’s Steam community page .
Grand Theft Auto IV has now joined the likes of BioShock 2 and the Batman: Arkham games that entered the process of removing GFWL back in 2013 when Microsoft started moving away from the service.
Bandai Namco, on the other hand, allowed Dark Souls players to carry their characters and save data over to Steam as part of their process in 2014.