Earlier in the week we reported that Glu had shut down the multiplayer servers for several games that were powered by its GameSpy Technologies multiplayer technology including Rebellion's Sniper Elite. After a few days of silence GameSpy Technologies has issued a rather lengthy response to the situation on its Facebook page.
The post starts by contradicting reports that say users were never informed of multiplayer sever shutdowns for various game titles:
"We recognize that fans of games where the publisher has elected to discontinue GameSpy Technologies support are frustrated. However, reports that GameSpy Technologies 'shutdown servers without warning' are simply inaccurate. GameSpy Technologies – a separate entity from GameSpy.com – is a service provider to game publishers. Each publisher contracting with GameSpy Technologies elects at its sole discretion whether or not to maintain support for its titles."
They go on to claim that publishing partners elected to allow their contracts with GameSpy Technologies’ services "to lapse by not continuing to pay for these services. In some cases this lapsing ranges back as much as four years. GameSpy Technologies has continued to provide months, and in some cases years, of service support for free."
They go on to say that they can not to be expected to provide free multiplayer services and that those publishers crying foul in public choose not to renew their service agreements and remain delinquent in delivering payment for past services in some cases.
"In each case reported in the press where there was a discontinuation of GameSpy Technologies’ services, the applicable publisher was well aware that they had not made the required payments under their agreements with GameSpy Technologies."
Ultimately GameSpy Technologies calls the situation regrettable due mostly to the negligence of publishers – in their view:
"It is regrettable that these publishers chose not to inform their users of the impending discontinuation of support. We understand the frustration of fans that until now weren’t clear on why their game has lost some of its functionality, but hope that this clarifies the situation."