GoG.com: About 10 percent of our customers use Windows 8

We have reported in the past that Valve's hardware survey numbers for its Steam PC game download service shows that Windows 8 has slowly gained more and more users. The latest numbers for January 2013 showed that 8.76 percent of Steam customers used Microsoft's latest OS.

Yet another PC game download service that's gaining more and more customers is GoG.com. The service launched several years ago and at first offered classic PC games but the site has since branched out to offer more recent PC games, including a number of indie titles. GoG.com currently has over 500 games in its library for Windows and Mac.

Neowin contacted GoG.com to find out how many of its customers currently use Windows 8. Oleg Klapovsky, the business development director for the service, told us via email:

Roughly 10 percent of our users are on Windows 8 right now. In December we had about 6 percent of our user base on Windows 8, and--of course--a few months before that we had 0 Windows 8 users.

However, in an interesting twist, Klapovsky also told us that the total number of Windows 8 users on GoG.com is still behind that of its Mac audience. This runs counter to Steam's numbers which show that its Windows 8 user base is already well ahead of its Mac users. Klapovsky would not reveal just how many Mac users GoG.com has, nor the percentage of its users for the other older Windows operating systems from Microsoft.

Some have remarked that the user growth rate for Windows 8 at this stage has been slower than previous Windows launches and have therefore expressed concerns that this could cause issues for the PC industry going forward. Klapovsky told us:

I don't think the growth of Windows 8 speaks to any weakness in the industry; I think it speaks to the fact that Windows 7 is a very well-adopted OS and one that people don't feel the need to step away from. PC gaming--and the PC platform as a whole--is a very robust environment, and remains the dominant personal computing OS. From GOG.com's point of view, the fact that we've diversified our offering to cover all of the commonly-used Windows OSes as well as Mac OSX means that we're well-positioned to continue to thrive regardless of what the future of PC gaming may bring.

Klapovsky also told Neowin that GoG.com does not have any plans to make a specific Windows 8 "Modern" app for its service.

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It's got to be truly embarrassing and downright humiliating if your a microsoft zealot to see that windows 8 has failed to overtake OSX at a gaming site, I mean seriously...

Order_66 said,
It's got to be truly embarrassing and downright humiliating if your a microsoft zealot to see that windows 8 has failed to overtake OSX at a gaming site, I mean seriously...

Yeah a site dedicated largely to ten to twenty year old games vs an OS that's been out less than six months....

Hmm, there's something to be said there...

Deranged said,

Yeah a site dedicated largely to ten to twenty year old games vs an OS that's been out less than six months....

Hmm, there's something to be said there...

But but.... windows 8 has sold 60 million, right?

Some games available at GoG are cheaper than steam

Also the games are DRM-free, and no need bloatware like steam...I buy The Witcher 1 & 2 at GoG at a very low price and was happy

TurboShrimp said,
Never once herd of GoG must be a very very small company

GoG is wonderful, and given a choice, I'd buy a game from them before Steam.

A game I buy from GoG can be played on more than one computer at once. Steam, despite Valve believing they have a future in a many-screens many-systems product model, throws an 'effing fit if you try the same.

Also, GoG is cloud/local hybrid friendly. Your games are stored on and accessible from their servers, but you're more than welcome to download and archive your games if you don't want your library to rely on the existence of one particular company.

OS X was released in 2001.
Windows 8 was released Q4 of 2012.

Are we really surprised that OS X has a larger user base?

Love this site...was thrilled when they finally got Zork Grand Inquisitor and patiently waiting on Grim Fandango. And oh, I am one of the 10% Windows 8 users...

GOG is one of the few distributors I respect, They don't make you install steam/origon/uplay bloatware and open over 9000 ports on your network firewall just to play a single player game.

No malware, no bloatware, no achievements just the game I want to play and nothing else the way it should be.

TPreston said,
GOG is one of the few distributors I respect, They don't make you install steam/origon/uplay bloatware and open over 9000 ports on your network firewall just to play a single player game.

No malware, no bloatware, no achievements just the game I want to play and nothing else the way it should be.

Indeed. Not to mention all the extras you get with the games. I actually would like to see a metro app for gog that runs dosbox/scumm etc, those old games are perfect tablet time wasters

headsoup said,

Indeed. Not to mention all the extras you get with the games. I actually would like to see a metro app for gog that runs dosbox/scumm etc, those old games are perfect tablet time wasters

I'm going to make a guess as I'm not a coder but I think they could make a metro version of DOSbox and so on.

headsoup said,

Indeed. Not to mention all the extras you get with the games. I actually would like to see a metro app for gog that runs dosbox/scumm etc, those old games are perfect tablet time wasters

If you JB your tablet (I'm guessing you're talking Windows RT tablet like Surface RT??) there is an app port of DOSbox! PM me if you need any help but here's the download http://forum.xda-developers.co...=36620852&postcount=117

TPreston said,
GOG is one of the few distributors I respect, They don't make you install steam/origon/uplay bloatware and open over 9000 ports on your network firewall just to play a single player game.

No malware, no bloatware, no achievements just the game I want to play and nothing else the way it should be.

pro
no drm
scanned manual, mp3, avatar, wallpaper and such.

cons
some games are not compatible (even when the website says the opposite). Some games does not work correctly. For example Dungeon keeper.

I never had to open any ports for my Steam or Origin games to work and I've been using both since they were very first released

That's because you don't have a network firewall that filters outbound traffic so it allows computers to contact everything from botnets to keyloggers to Trojan droppers.

TPreston said,
and open over 9000 ports on your network firewall just to play a single player game.

Hmm the last time I had to open ports on my network firewall just to play a game was...

Never. That's what UPnP is for.

Note:

Many university networks and proxies block required ports for Steam operation - please consult your network administrator to ensure the required ports are open if you are using a university network or a proxy. Ports required for Steam can not be re-mapped to HTTP or reconfigured to a custom port range.

Steam Client
UDP 27000 to 27015 inclusive (Game client traffic)
UDP 27015 to 27030 inclusive (Typically Matchmaking and HLTV)
TCP 27014 to 27050 inclusive (Steam downloads)
UDP 4380

Dedicated or Listen Servers
TCP 27015 (SRCDS Rcon port)

Steamworks P2P Networking and Steam Voice Chat
UDP 3478 (Outbound)
UDP 4379 (Outbound)
UDP 4380 (Outbound)

Additional Ports for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer
UDP 1500 (outbound)
UDP 3005 (outbound)
UDP 3101 (outbound)
UDP 28960

https://support.steampowered.c...icle.php?ref=8571-GLVN-8711

Brony said,

pro
no drm
scanned manual, mp3, avatar, wallpaper and such.

cons
some games are not compatible (even when the website says the opposite). Some games does not work correctly. For example Dungeon keeper.


If you want to play a working Dungeon Keeper, get KeeperFX. Exactly the same, just rewritten partially to work better on recent OS's (still crashes, be it very rarely and almost only in multiplayer).

Also somehow its free.

My GoG DK copy worked at first, but somehow stops working randomly. reinstalls didnt work.

I started respecting them less and less whenever I tried to play a game and found it didn't even work properly. 4 games in a row I tried had issues in one way or another, one being completely unplayable.

They used to be about caring about classic games and making them work properly on modern OS's; now they're just a DRM free digital game store. Hell, look at the recent fiasco with System Shock 2.

I still have a support ticket open from December about getting some of my games working properly; most fixes are those I've discovered myself, such a shame.

Javik said,
I never had to open any ports for my Steam or Origin games to work and I've been using both since they were very first released

Then your network equipment must support uPnP.