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