Over the years you have undoubtedly played a game that utilized GameSpy’s server architecture. Come May 31, the last GameSpy game servers will shut down. This day has been one long coming. Game servers using GameSpy’s services for hosting and matchmaking began shutting down in late 2012.
Most games using the software have migrated to other servers or plan too. The closing of GameSpy servers started in late 2012 after the mobile gaming company Glu Mobile purchased GameSpy from IGN for $2.7 million. The first set of game’s that saw game servers shutdown were Sniper Elite, SWAT 4, and Star Wars: Battlefront.
The May 31 date could affect some of your favorite games. Bohemia Interactive uses GameSpy’s tech for matchmaking and CD key authentication in Arma, Arma 2 and Arma: Cold War Assault. Bohemia Interactive is working on a solution and will introduce it through Steam when it is ready.
The first Borderlands will also be impacted. Gearbox Software is leaving it up to its publisher 2K Games to address the issue. 2K Games has not commented on the matter.
Activision has said none of their games will be affected.
Server closures have happened before. They have been limited to consoles in the past and usually only affect older games with very low populations.
We’ll be keeping an eye on Bohemia’s resolution to the server closure and if 2K Games addresses Borderlands 1.