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I heard in some previews that Brink would have used Steamworks but today I went on an online store and the PC cover shows the logo Game For Windows Live.

Can you clarify which is the truth? I am asking this because I am not a big fan of GWFL (to say it softly) and I would buy probably only if it use Steam infrastructure for matchmaking, ladders, server browsing and so on.

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Do you like Steam, or do you dislike GFWL? Because if the cover shows that logo, it will have GFWL. If it has Steam support, that will be additional to GFWL. – user56 May 10 '11 at 10:59
I think you'll find that the box art is Games for Windows and not Games for Windows Live. – DMA57361 May 10 '11 at 12:02
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See the Brink FAQ being maintained on the Steam forums:

Q. Is BRINK a GFWL title?

Nope. BRINK is a Steamworks title. BRINK carries the 'Games for Windows' moniker, which is different to GFWL. For a game to be certified for GFW, it has to meet the following requirements:

  • An "Easy Install" option that installs the title on a PC in the fewest possible steps and mouse clicks
  • Compatibility with the Windows Vista/ 7 Games Explorer
  • Installs and runs properly on x64 versions of Windows Vista/ 7 and is compatible with 64-bit processors (though the game itself can be 32-bit)
  • Supports normal and widescreen resolutions, such as 4:3 aspect ratio (800 x 600, 1024 x 768), 16:9 aspect ratio (1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080), and 16:10 aspect ratio (1280 x 800, 1440 x 900, 1680 x 1050, 1920 x 1200)
  • Supports parental controls and family settings features in Windows Vista/ 7
  • Supports launching from Windows Media Center

Q. Can I activate a retail copy through Steam?

BRINK uses Steamworks so retail copies can be activated through Steam.

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It uses SteamWorks in the Steam version, it has Steam achievements, Steam leaderboards, etc...

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According to Steam, it uses Steam for all those.

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