GameSpy Servers Going Offline This May, Affects Various Xbox 360 Games
Written Friday, April 04, 2014 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
GameSpy Technology has announced that it'll be shutting down its multiplayer services for dozens upon dozens of games across consoles at the end of May, bringing an end to a service that commenced in 1997 as a server listing for Quake server IP addresses.
"Effective May 31, 2014, GameSpy will cease providing all hosting services for all games still using GameSpy," reads a statement posted on the GameSpy website. "Thanks for a great ride!" The company hasn't actually licensed its services to publishers as of 1st January, 2013.
GameSpy closing its services will affect games across mobile, PC and consoles, with several Xbox 360, PS3 and PS Vita titles from publishers including 2K, Activision, Bethesda, EA, Epic, SEGA and Ubisoft losing their online functionality, unless something is done to replace the outgoing online servers.
Iron Galaxy has already sorted out Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online, with CEO Dave Lang assuring that the game no longer runs on GameSpy. "We actually patched out GameSpy and replaced it with a homegrown solution a bit ago," Lang told Polygon in an email. The game uses the same network infrastructure as Darkstalkers Resurrection.
Epic has also been "phasing out" GameSpy a rep revealed, stating that "We're spinning [up an in-house solution] next week and we don't foresee any impact."
Capcom has also been pro-active in replacing GameSpy services. "There are a few titles for which Capcom utilises GameSpy's matchmaking services for online gameplay. We are evaluating migration solutions and will have more information in the near future," a Capcom spokesperson confirmed.
Other titles affected include Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption and THQ's UFC Undisputed 2010 and WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 and many more. GameSpy Technology's online services go offline on May 31st, 2014.
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