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Glu Shutting Down Gamespy Service: Impact and Future Plans

Glu, the parent company of Gamespy Technologies, has recently announced that they will be shutting down all Gamespy services on May 31, 2014. This decision will have a significant impact on developers and publishers who rely on Gamespy for matchmaking and hosting.

The Consequences for Players

Gamespy has advised players to reach out to the developers and publishers of affected games to understand how this shutdown will affect their titles. Some notable games that will be affected include Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition for PS3, Dungeon Defenders on all platforms, Gotham City Impostors, and Red Dead Redemption. According to Gamespy, over 800 game developers and publishers utilize their services.

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The Response from Trendy Entertainment

Trendy Entertainment, the developer of Dungeon Defenders, has responded to the shutdown by mentioning that the PlayStation 3 and non-Steam PC versions of Dungeon Defenders will no longer have multiplayer functionality. They are working with Sony to ensure that players are aware of this change. However, Trendy Entertainment has also invested in their own multiplayer matchmaking technology called playverse, which they plan to deploy later in the year. Playverse will offer cross-platform multiplayer matchmaking, dedicated server support, streaming content distribution, account services, and more.

Migration Solutions for Capcom

Capcom, another company affected by the shutdown, is currently evaluating migration solutions for the titles that rely on GameSpy’s matchmaking services. They have assured players that they will provide updates on their website, Capcom Unity, as soon as they have more information.

Future Plans and Excitement

Despite the immediate challenges caused by the shutdown, Trendy Entertainment’s playverse technology shows promise for the future of multiplayer gaming. They are enthusiastic about introducing playverse to their community and fellow independent developers. This technology aims to address the current problems faced by developers and offer improved multiplayer experiences in their future games, including Dungeon Defenders II.

FAQs

Q: What does the Gamespy shutdown mean for affected games?
A: Gamespy’s closure will impact multiplayer functionality in games that rely on their services for matchmaking and hosting. Players are advised to contact the developers and publishers to understand the specific changes for each title.

Q: Are there any alternatives for matchmaking services?
A: Trendy Entertainment has developed their own multiplayer matchmaking technology called playverse, which they plan to deploy later this year. Playverse aims to provide cross-platform multiplayer matchmaking, dedicated server support, streaming content distribution, account services, and more.

Conclusion

The impending shutdown of Gamespy services has raised concerns among developers and publishers who rely on their matchmaking and hosting capabilities. However, companies like Trendy Entertainment are taking proactive steps to address these challenges and provide improved multiplayer experiences in the future. The gaming community eagerly awaits the deployment of playverse and the potential it holds for the industry.

Source: Gamespy