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Like most people I think, I like that my games are in the cloud. It is more convenient than storing them on physical media and it is safer, in case that physical device is lost or destroyed.

But how secure is GOG? I have plenty of games on GOG and I love the quality of service. But will GOG ever go under? Will there be any way to maintain cloud storage if GOG does fold?

Thankfully, unlike Steam, GOG maintains easy installers which would allow me to keep the games, if not the cloud storage. But what are people's impressions of GOG's fiscal stability? The company seems to do quite well with its Witcher series; but if profits from selling old games fall off (as it is an inherently limited market) I am concerned the platform won't persevere in the longterm.
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thats why they started to sell more recent games
to expand their market im confident gog knows what they are doing and im not really worried

caveat: i dont care for the cloud and prefer to keep everything locally
i download new games immediately
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darkness58ec: But will GOG ever go under?
Of course they will. Every company will cease to exist one day in the future.
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darkness58ec: But will GOG ever go under?
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PaterAlf: Of course they will. Every company will cease to exist one day in the future.
Not Disney.
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PaterAlf: Of course they will. Every company will cease to exist one day in the future.
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tinyE: Not Disney.
Yes, but they are not a company. They are Satan's branch office on earth...
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tinyE: Not Disney.
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Randalator: Yes, but they are not a company. They are Satan's branch office on earth...
Point taken.
You could back everything up, though no backup methods are 100% secure either and that isn't even taking into account that these installers will work on Winblows 666 anyway.

Personally I don't worry about it, maybe GOG/Steam undergo in a global financial catastrophe or when I have everything backupped on harddrives my house will burn down to the ground, it sucks but it is just time to move on and maybe find another hobby.
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darkness58ec: But will GOG ever go under? Will there be any way to maintain cloud storage if GOG does fold?
Your games are not in the cloud. They are stored on GOG's servers. If you're worried, download them.

You've been on GOG for six years. Have they closed? There's your answer.
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Strijkbout: You could back everything up, though no backup methods are 100% secure either and that isn't even taking into account that these installers will work on Winblows 666 anyway.
No, but they will continue to work on Windows 7.

I have a copy of Star Wars: Episode 1 for the PC. It was designed to run on a 1998 PC running Windows 95 or 98. To this day it still runs on a 1998-era PC running Windows 95 or 98. If it runs on Windows 7, it's a bonus, but it continues to run on the hardware it was designed for. Just like console games really.

There's one simple reason for this - it doesn't rely on a remote server to authenticate. Everything needed to run that game is here with me.

20 years from now, it's unlikely that Steam will still exist, and if it does, it's unlikely that it will continue to exist in its present form. And even if by some miracle it overcame the traditional cycles of online services, it's unlikely that the Steam client will continue to support old versions of Windows.
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GOG has DRM-free games. That means you can keep a backup of the installers for all the games you've bought. That's the whole point of DRM-free! It gives the control back to the customer.
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darkness58ec: But will GOG ever go under? Will there be any way to maintain cloud storage if GOG does fold?
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LinustheBold: Your games are not in the cloud. They are stored on GOG's servers. If you're worried, download them.

You've been on GOG for six years. Have they closed? There's your answer.
I get the sense that the enthusiasm for GOG has somewhat waned though. A lot of the old timers have already gotten their old games. With respect, six years in business doesn't mean they won't go under either. I'm sure you realize that though and just felt like being a little curt.

I am glad that GOG is starting new initiatives to differentiate themselves, like allowing the reclaiming of games bought from other sources and from their new program set to come out.
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LinustheBold: You've been on GOG for six years. Have they closed?
Well, there was that one time...
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PaterAlf: Of course they will. Every company will cease to exist one day in the future.
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tinyE: Not Disney.
so wil disney
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jamyskis: 20 years from now, it's unlikely that Steam will still exist, and if it does, it's unlikely that it will continue to exist in its present form. And even if by some miracle it overcame the traditional cycles of online services, it's unlikely that the Steam client will continue to support old versions of Windows.
Just like they already have cut support for old versions. People wanting to play their older Steam games on machines running Windows 98, Me, or 2000 have been fucked for a while.
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darkness58ec: But will GOG ever go under?
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PaterAlf: Of course they will. Every company will cease to exist one day in the future.
GOG won't, because I said so .