GOG’s Connect service, which allows users to grab a free copy of a game they already own on Steam to add to their GOG library, is officially defunct.
Launched in 2016, GOG Connect was a nice offering on paper, allowing users to link their GOG and Steam accounts and then get a duplicate, DRM-free version of a game they already played on the Valve platform bought on GOG.
In practice, however, this was somewhat restrictive as GOG only offered a very limited selection of eligible games – and even these could only be added to a user’s GOG library within a very strict timeframe due to contractual reasons. Perhaps unsurprisingly, support for the service has been waning and GOG Connect has been dormant (if not officially dead) for years now.
Evidence that GOG Connect may have finally pulled the plug surfaced last week when Poster on the GOG subreddit noted that the retailer’s Connect page had quietly disappeared from its website and the previous URL was redirected to its home page.
But now, in a Statement to PC gamers, GOG has made Connect’s demise official, confirming that the service is “no longer supported”. As for why, it’s no big surprise. “Nothing really happened there for a long time,” it said, “so we decided to close it.”
While GOG Connect no longer exists, it is GOG’s Galaxy client that takes a different approach to consolidating libraries across different services healthy and happy. This allows users to connect different storefront accounts so that all their own games can be viewed and launched in one place.
https://www.eurogamer.net/gog-officially-ends-its-steam-import-connect-service-after-years-of-inactivity GOG is officially ending its Steam Import Connect service after years of inactivity