More than three years ago around fifty games from Electronic Arts (EA) were taken offline when GameSpy decided to finally close its doors. The platform was used by publishers to provide matchmaking and other multiplayer services for their respective games. With it out of the picture, the community hoped that EA would start hosting its own servers but the publishing giant cited “technical challenges and concerns about the player experience” before making it a permanent death for the games in question.
It was at this point that a group of fans came together to form “Revive” and worked hard for the past three years to let others keep playing the old installments in the Battlefield franchise such as Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 2142.
Earlier today, it was revealed that the legal team of EA has sent Revive a notice to immediately cease their operations.
“We will get right to the point: Electronic Arts Inc.’ legal team has contacted us and nicely asked us to stop distributing and using their intellectual property”, the official website of Revive reads. “As die-hard fans of the franchise, we will respect these stipulations.”
Interestingly, it appears that EA is more concerned about the group using modified versions of its intellectual properties than running servers for its old Battlefield installments. Regardless, for those who were enjoying the said servers, it is time to say goodbye once and for all.