SmartAboutThings writes "Microsoft is definitely changing things in its gaming department, as it now has announced in a support note on the Xbox site that it will be shutting down Games for Windows Live marketplace or Xbox.com PC Marketplace on August 22nd. This comes shortly after we heard the news that Microsoft has hired former Steam boss Jason Holtman, whose mission at the Redmond company is to make “Windows great for gaming”. The Points system and the Xbox.com PC Marketplace will be closed on August 22nd, so you should better spend your Microsoft Points balance prior to that date. As of you now, you have only one week before Microsoft completely shuts down the services. The Games for Windows Live client software, however, will not be affected, at least initially, letting you play previously purchased games and enjoy the content, as well."