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Project Spark is dead

Microsoft removed its game-creation platform from the Windows Store and the Xbox Marketplace

Project Spark is dead. Microsoft removed its game-creation platform from the Windows Store and the Xbox Marketplace on Friday.

Project Spark, which lets users create games without a programming experience needed, went in September into maintenance mode. Then, Microsoft stopped active development of the platform but continued to run it as a free incubation engine. The firm unlocked all previously paid downloadable content, character packs, themes, etc. and continued to run the online services for the platform. That will all end soon.

This was an incredibly hard decision for our team... It is just no longer possible to continue the behind the scenes work required with keeping Project Spark up and running Microsoft said in a statement on the Project Spark newsgroups.

You can no longer download Project Spark, but the online services will continue to work until August 12. Spark users have until then to download any content they want to save locally.

Microsoft said anyone who bought a retail copy of Project Spark before it went 100 percent free will automatically receive credit to their Microsoft account.

The end of Project Spark is also arguably the end of Microsoft's three screens and the cloud (3SC) vision for cross platform gaming: an universe of seamless gaming where you could play the same game on smartphones, PCs, and the tv.