If you’ve been fighting for the return of GOG Connect, the service that allowed you to import selected games from your Steam library (opens in new tab) to your GOG collection, then I have bad news. GOG has finally and quietly discontinued the service, with the URL now redirecting users to the store’s front page.
Eagle-eyed Reddit users started doing just that notice the redirect about a week ago (opens in new tab), even though the page was still accessible on January 1, the lack of an official announcement made it hard to know for sure if the service was gone for good. However, a GOG spokesperson tells PCG that they “can confirm that GOG Connect is no longer supported and will be removed from [GOG’s] page”.
It’s sad news, but not surprising at all. I can’t even remember the last time the service had games available (the supply was always time-limited, giving players a short window to import the available games if they owned them on Steam), and the last time it was listed as a going concern on our own site during a Chinese New Year sale several years ago (opens in new tab). That sentiment was echoed by GOG, who told us that “nothing happened there for a long time, so we’ve decided to close it.”
Instead of adding your Steam games directly to your GOG library – which I imagine was always hard to get publishers to allow – players are now encouraged to “connect different platforms and create their own games library” via GOG Galaxy (opens in new tab)the platform’s own launcher, which attempts the unenviable task of bringing your various game libraries together in one application.
Still, it’s not quite the same as getting chunky, DRM-free extra copies of your Steam games, so it’s a shame to see GOG Connect go quietly into that good night, even if it was on life support for a good while been few years now.