Microsoft has decided to drop membership fees for premium online components to PC games. The much controversial subscription system is getting dumped.
Kevin Unangst of Microsoft has said they will be "offering refunds" to members as they acknowledge "multiplayer is a baseline expectation on Windows." It's about dang time.
Speaking with Ars Technica, Unangst noted that gamers "liked achievements, automatic updates, friends lists, and so on." He went on to admit that "for the gamers, multiplayer is a baseline expectation on Windows. So we decided to make the decision now for free Games for Windows Live."
"Proactively, we will be offering refunds for those with Windows-specific Gold subscriptions. Customer service has already begun to get communications prepared," he announced.