Recently the multiplayer matchmaking service GameSpy has been closing down game servers across certain games. Games such as Neverwinter Nights 1 and 2, Microsoft Flight Simulator X, SWAT 4, Sniper Elite, Hidden and Dangerous 2 and Star Wars: Battlefront will no longer allow you to search for servers or host certain online games.
GameSpy Technology was acquired in August by GLU Mobile, a publisher of free-to-play games for mobile, tablet and browsers.
GameSpy Technology said recently: “GameSpy Technologies a separate entity from GameSpy.com is a service provider to game publishers. Each publisher contracting with GameSpy Technologies elects at its sole discretion whether or not to maintain support for its titles.”
“A number of our publisher partners elected to allow their contracts for GameSpy Technologies’ services to lapse by not continuing to pay for these services. In some cases this lapsing ranges back as much as four years. GameSpy Technologies has continued to provide months, and in some cases years, of service support for free. However we cannot be expected to provide a service free of charge to publishers who choose not to renew their service agreements and in some cases remain delinquent in delivering payment for past services.”
“In each case reported in the press where there was a discontinuation of GameSpy Technologies’ services, the applicable publisher was well aware that they had not made the required payments under their agreements with GameSpy Technologies.”
It’s not unusual for game servers to be shut down for quite old games, for example many companies such as Electronic Arts close down servers that are only a few years old.
It isn’t the end of the world however as there are plenty of work arounds for getting old games playing online again on PC. If you are console gamer however then you are out of luck.