GameSpy Technology is shutting down. The service that provides multiplayer matchmaking and back-end server functionality will cease operating as of May 31st according to a post on the company website.
Effective May 31, 2014, GameSpy will cease providing all hosted services for all games still using GameSpy. If you have any questions about how this impacts your favorite title please contact the game’s publisher for more information. Thanks for a great ride!
GameSpy Technology still provides matchmaking and connectivity for many active games. Capcom claims that they are evaluating various services to replace GameSpy in some of their effected games. Epic reassured fans that they have an in-house strategy they are working on for their older Unreal titles.
One of the largest active set of games impacted will be Bohemia Interactive’s Arma series. Bohemia’s CEO Marek Spanel announced that the GameSpy server shutdown would result in loss of the in-game server browser, CD key authentication, and NAT traversal for the following games: Take On Helicopters, Arma 2, Arma 2: Free, Arma, Arma: Cold War Assault. Bohemia is working on migrating current GameSpy multiplayer functionality to Steam for Arma 3 and Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead.
GameSpy Technology began as a server listing service for Quake in 1996 when it was called QSpy. In 1997, the service was incorporated as GameSpy Industries. Over the years, the company expanded into gaming and web media and eventually split the original multiplayer services arm into GameSpy Technologies. The media company GameSpy Industries, was purchased by IGN Entertainment in 2004 and shut down in 2013. GameSpy Technologies was purchased by Glu Mobile in 2012.