Glu Begins Closing Down Gamespy Servers Without Warning

Glu, the new owners of Gamespy since August, have begun closing down servers for older games over the past month. Affected games include Neverwinter Nights, Sniper Elite, and SWAT 4. Previously a mobile games publisher, Glu purchased Gamespy from IGN for $2.7 million.

Sniper Elite developer Rebellion issued a statement on its forums explaining that the game’s servers were shut down without consultation, and it would cost tens of thousands of dollars a year to get them back up and running. The statement read:

“A few weeks ago, the online multiplayer servers for Sniper Elite were suddenly switched off by Glu, the third-party service we had been paying to maintain them.

“For the past seven years we have run these servers at a cost to ourselves so that fans of Sniper Elite could continue to play online for free.

“This decision by Glu was not taken in consultation with us and was beyond our control.

“We have been talking to them since to try and get the servers turned back on. We have been informed that in order to do so would cost us tens of thousands of pounds a year – far in excess of how much we were paying previously. We also do not have the option to take the multiplayer to a different provider. Because the game relies on Glu and Gamespy’s middleware, the entire multiplayer aspect of the game would have to be redeveloped by us, again, at the cost of many tens of thousands of pounds.

“While we are not happy about the situation, as an independent developer we simply do not have the resources to pay the massive costs of new servers along with redeveloping a seven-year-old game.”

Other games affected allegedly include Neverwinter Nights 1 & 2, Microsoft Flight Simulator X, Swat 4, Sniper Elite, Hidden and Dangerous 2, and Star Wars: Battlefront.

via PCGamesN

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1 Comment on Glu Begins Closing Down Gamespy Servers Without Warning


On December 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

It seems like the least they could do is tell the developers of those games that this was coming. It would at least be more courteous than making the customer contact them, only to tell them that the cost just went up. I certainly can’t blame Rebellion for deciding that the cost would be too high to deal with this, and it certainly serves as a warning for any company that is currently using or considering Gamespy’s services. I suspect Glu was looking for a quick way to recover the millions it paid to IGN by shutting down less lucrative services, but this isn’t a move that is going to win them much favor with gamers.