GameSpy’s servers are to go offline on May 31st, Glu Mobile have announced. GameSpy spawned off of QSpy, something that allowed Quake players to browse any server available, instead of just being limited to word of mouth or websites dedicated to collecting all known servers.
While not many games use it today, Nintendo did partner up with GameSpy for some of the Wii library’s online functionality.
Games like the original Borderlands still utilise the service, with Gearbox and 2K Games declining to comment on the matter. However, ARMA developers, Bohemia are actively working on a solution to providing servers for their games.
Along with games going offline, it also means some CD key authenticators will cease to function, meaning those games already purchased in the past, cannot be played.
GameSpy’s services were bought by Glu Mobile in 2012, while IGN (then owned by News Corporation) held onto the publishing side of things until Ziff Davis Media shut down their external websites in 2013.