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GameSpy Servers Shutting Down in May

Parent company Glu will be shutting down GameSpy on May 31, and hence cease support for every game that utilizes its services of hosting and matchmaking.

The news is not really surprising since Glu had already started shutting down various game servers in late 2012 for titles such as Sniper Elite, Lords of the Rings: War of the Ring, Swat 4, Star Wars: Battlefront and Wings of War. This took place shortly after Glu purchased the GameSpy middleware tech from IGN for $2.7 million. Once has to wonder what Glu was really after in this acquisition.

GameSpy has been around since 1997 and in time had integrated its online services into more than 1000 games. These services include features such as multiplayer matchmaking, leaderboards and cloud storage across an abundant of platforms – PS3, Vita, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, Mac, DS, Android,and iOS.

Its closure ultimately has an effect on a portion of its games. Bohemia Interactive for one confirmed that the end of GameSpy will affect the quality of matchmaking and CD key authentication in Arma, Arma 2, Arma 2: Free, and Arma: Cold War Assault.

Epic on the other hand has revealed that it already has been “phasing out” GameSpy from its Unreal Tournament titles. Capcom has similarly begun evaluating migration solutions for its titles that previously had used GameSpy’s matchmaking services.

According to a statement passed by Activision, its catalog of titles will be unaffected by the shutdown.

Source: GameSpy Technology