Remember when it seemed like every game publisher thought they needed their own launcher for their games? Bethesda, Epic, EA, Blizzard, and others thought it would be good to sell their games from their own storefront. The notion worked well for some, but not so well for others.
EA had a shot at it but did not have near the success as Epic or Blizzard. That is when they decided to return their games back to steam. Steam is where [most of us] get games these days, and Blizzard seems to be returning to the fold.
Not only that, but the giant game publisher is also closing its Bethesda Launcher entirely.
“Starting in early April, you’ll be able to migrate your games and wallet to your Steam account…” & “We would like to thank you for your support and assure you that all of your games are safe. The migration to Steam will include your game library and wallet – meaning you will not lose anything. Many games will also have their saves migrated, with a few requiring some manual transfers.”
This announcement by Bethesda hopefully assured those that have games purchased from Bethesda’s store. As well as those that may have racked up any in-game currency with their popular, (and pricey) games like, Fallout 76 and the Elder Scrolls Online.
I am not sure the reason for the shutdown; however, it is very likely due to the limited number of users to the store.
What is also interesting is thinking about Blizzard’s online store, Battle.net. Microsoft purchased Bethesda, and now the Bethesda Launcher is closing down. Bethesda bought Activision Blizzard, who house Battle.net. Microsoft also has their own store. Could we see all of the popular games from these publishers end up on Battle.net? Or the Microsoft Store?