'Powered by GameSpy' Multiplayer Services to Shut Down May 31

April 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The last vestiges of the web site and the technology fostered by Mark Surfas in the late 1990s is officially dead. GameSpy owner Glu announced via the GameSpy Technology site that it would shut down all "powered by GameSpy" hosted multiplayer services at the end of May. The shutdown will affect a lot of popular games. On a related note, Bohemia Interactive announced that it is already working on alternatives for Arma 3 and Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead. Other games that used the GameSpy multiplayer technology are going to be left out in the cold.

"Effective May 31, 2014, GameSpy will cease providing all hosted services for all games still using GameSpy," reads a brief post on the GameSpy Technology site. "If you have any questions about how this impacts your favorite title please contact the game’s publisher for more information. Thanks for a great ride!"

Well it certainly seems like gamers have been taken for a "ride," but it's debatable if the leg of that journey involving Glu was "great."

Hopefully some of the games that aren't too old will be able to find a solution like Steamworks to provide continued multiplayer support. We'll keep you posted.

This move marks the end of the GameSpy brand as we have known it over the years. In early 2013 IGN officially shut down the website of the same name. With Glu shutting down GameSpy multiplayer services, the brand as we knew it is officially dead.

Source: Blue's News


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Re: 'Powered by GameSpy' Multiplayer Services to Shut Down ...

I suppose that means I should get around to finishing the co-op run in C&C: red alert 3...

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Re: 'Powered by GameSpy' Multiplayer Services to Shut Down ...

Small typo there, "In early 3013 IGN officially shut down."

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Small correction made.  Thanks!

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: 'Powered by GameSpy' Multiplayer Services to Shut Down ...

In all honesty, since IGN parted ways with GameSpy, and they shut down their website, it's been on borrowed time.

It's a shame too, as GameSpy has kept the online and multiplayer aspects of a a LOT of older games operational long beyond that which most other services (especially those operated by publishers) have.

To this day (and until the service is shutdown), even Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is still playable as a result of being powered by GameSpy. I used to play Star Wars Battlefront II quite often online as well up to a couple of years ago.

I believe GameSpy is the last remaining multiplayer service from those that rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1990's. Those included Heat.net, MPlayer (purchased by GameSpy), and MSN Gaming Zone.

It's been a fun ride.

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Papa Midnight

Re: 'Powered by GameSpy' Multiplayer Services to Shut Down ...

Yeah, it has been a great ride, though I agree with the notion that Glu's leg of the 'ride' has been anything but great.  Hell, that last sentence on the pricing page of Gamespy I find to be pretty insulting.  Also, why all the secrecy of why it's being shut down?

At least there's game ranger

 
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