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GameSpy server shut-downs: Rebellion head responds

Monday, 10th December 2012 11:08 GMT By Dave Cook

Rebellion head and co-founder Jason Kingsley has responded to GameSpy’s sudden server shutdown. Rebellion’s Sniper Elite servers have been canned in the wave of closures, and Kingsley has spoke out on the matter after seeing waves of his fans unable to play online without any warning. Get the details below.

The server shutdown was enacted by new GameSpy owners Glu, seeing a wave of PC titles losing their online connectivity.

Speaking with PCGamesN, Kingsley called foul at Glu’s sudden move, “First we heard of anything were some irate fans getting annoyed with us about the original Sniper Elite multiplayer servers being down, and I mean very annoyed,”

“We looked into it and found out there was no technical issue, the servers had just been switched off.”

Kinglsey then contacted GameSpy to question the closure, and was met with the explanation that the servers were closed because they weren’t being used, when in fact the servers were still seeing active players.

He added, “We pointed out that they obviously were being used and that we had been paying a modest annual amount to keep them running for our older titles, and that at least it would have been a good idea to at least pre-warn our fans that this was happening,”

“The amount it would cost to keep the servers running now would be prohibitively high for us, and rewriting the code would also be expensive for us even if we could figure out how to do it in such old code.

“Sometimes things do come to an end, but usually communication of that fact beforehand is the best and most proper way to handle this sort of situation.”

What do you make of the GameSpy server closures? Let us know below.

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  1. Talkar

    Already written about, atleast in part ;)
    http://www.vg247.com/2012/12/08/new-gamespy-owners-shutting-down-game-servers-left-and-right/

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Cobra951

    It goes to show the future of many players who trust businesses to hold up their end of the deal indefinitely. Even when such businesses have the best intentions, unforeseen circumstances often prop up. In this instance, it’s the classic case of big fish getting swallowed by bigger fish. The new owners are further removed from the end users, and don’t give a crap about them. Glu made an investment, and all that matters to them is the return on it, i.e., money.

    It goes to show that we are fools to give up all control of our gaming to a business, however large or trustworthy it may be right now. There should always be unfettered alternatives for connectivity, and of course for the basic ability to play.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. DSB

    GameSpy was an abomination from day one though. What a ridiculously shitty service.

    #3 1 year ago