Gamespy Says “It’s not us, it’s them” to Players
Remember the last time one of your friends broke up with their significant other? You were probably treated to a few choice stories from both parties and weren’t sure who to believe. Gamers playing some older PC multiplayer games now get to feel that exact same way. Earlier this week, gaming publishers like Rebellion, the team behind Sniper Elite, reported that their multiplayer servers were suddenly and without warning taken offline. Rebellion alleged that Gamespy Technology, the third party company providing servers for the game, not only took the game servers offline for multiple publishers but that they also attempted to change the server price points in an attempt to raise additional revenues. Rebellion had this to say via a post on the Sniper Elite official forums:
Sadly, this resulted in Sniper Elite being closed. The same fate could impact other classic PC titles where publishers utilize Gamespy Technology, now owned by Glu Mobile.
However, the story does not end there. In a post on their Facebook page, Glu Mobile shifted the blame BACK to the individual publishers by saying:
“There have been a number of reports regarding the recent discontinuation of service to several online multiplayer games previously supported by Gamespy Technologies. We recognize that fans of games where the publisher has elected to discontinue Gamespy Technology support are frustrated. However, reports that Gamespy Technology “shutdown servers without warning” are simply inaccurate.”
Glu Mobile added that they did not increase any prices since existing contracts would have made that impossible and further shifted the blame back to publishers by saying that multiple companies were behind on payments and were notified that servers would be shut down if payments were not made. In Glu Mobile’s view it was the publisher’s responsibility to notify players.
So, do you feel like you’re watching your parents fight yet? Who do you think is telling the truth?