The end has finally executed in real life.
Now, Microsoft announced that the company will be going to shut down its official gaming service of the Microsoft Internet Games.
After almost 20 years of entertainment, Windows users will no longer be able to fire up classic multiplayer Microsoft Internet Games.
The Microsoft Internet Games service will begin to discontinue support for Windows OS. For XP, it will be ended as early as the 31st of this month. And for Windows 7, it will be continued till Jan 22, 2020 - as the software giant said. Not only the support but the service for them will also shut down as well.
That means, the service will no longer be active once the deadline comes around, and for some, that’s right around the corner, while for others.
The list of affected games and the operating systems the games are Internet Backgammon (XP/ME, 7), Internet Checkers (XP/ME, 7), Internet Spades (XP/ME, 7), Internet Hearts (XP/ME), Internet Reversi (XP/ME), and MSN Go (7).
The software giant said in a statement,
It is with heavy hearts that we have made the difficult decision that the following games will no longer be supported.
We truly appreciate all the time and passion you’ve put into Microsoft Internet Games. This has been a great community.
However, the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources towards more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.
Current players may enjoy the games until the dates when game services will cease, and the games listed will no longer be playable.
While we’re saddened to leave this chapter behind, we continue to be committed to delivering engaging, delightful gaming experiences.
We hope you’ll come with us on this journey and join the community of any of the other Microsoft casual games.
Windows systems will continue to work for the most part but some features may become unavailable.
At this point, it's unclear whether the games will show an error message on start that informs players that game servers are no longer available.