Over the last few days, people noticed that 2008 hit Grand Theft Auto IV was no longer available for purchase on Steam.
Many wondered what caused the game to be pulled from the digital storefront. Speaking to Polygon, Rockstar confirmed that the issue lies with Microsoft’s defunct Games For Windows Live, which shuttered in 2014.
“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.”
Since Microsoft discontinued supporting Games For Windows Live, developers had to update their games to remove the platform from their code. In some cases, the cost of removing the platform hasn’t been worth it, leaving many games to be left behind.