GamePump, which was founded by ex-Infinity Ward Creative Strategist Robert Bowling, has brought an end to its subscription-based service. In an announcement on the GamePump website it states while the subscription service was coming to an end, the company would continue their focus on publishing the games they secured and had in development.
The goal of GamePump was to bring classic games to PC which were no longer available or simply didn’t work for modern OS releases. Combine that plan with a Loot Crate style subscription where you get a regular game and you see where they were going.
Bowling explained the decision to end the subscriptions
We have been working on GamePump for nearly a year and during that time we have been negotiating with nearly every major publisher in the world on rereleasing their back catalogs which currently do not appear on modern OS or PC marketplaces.
Over the course of these negotiations, some big games fell out, and several catalog’s our lawyers were working on getting out of the graveyard of bankruptcy did not work out in our legal favor (meaning we weren’t granted rights to commercially rerelease them).
By the end, we had a few great games we could republish to Steam, but when I evaluated the final slate of games that our subscribers would be getting, I felt we were not living up to the standard I had for the service.
Every game I produce, every service I launch, is because I am passionate about it.
Customers who had subscriptions are being processed to obtain a refund. Those who subscribed prior to cancellation will not only get a full refund, they are also promised the two games for January and February which their subscription included. If you are a subscriber and didn’t obtain your refund, Bowling guides those people to contact GamePump directly.