Recent GameSpy acquirer Glu has begun shutting down that service’s servers, giving no notice to those still playing titles such as Neverwinter Nights 1 & 2, SWAT 4, Sniper Elite, and Star Wars: Battlefront.
Glu acquired GameSpy’s middleware server technology in August and according to one developer, has begun shutting down active servers without first consulting the developers of the games that will be affected.
"A few weeks ago, the online multiplayer servers for Sniper Elite were suddenly switched off by Glu, the third-party service we had been paying to maintain them,” Sniper Elite developer Rebellion wrote on its forums.
"This decision by Glu was not taken in consultation with us and was beyond our control.”
Rebellion added that it had run the Sniper Elite servers for the past seven years at a cost that was now dwarfed by what Glu was seeking.
"We have been talking to them since to try and get the servers turned back on. We have been informed that in order to do so would cost us tens of thousands of pounds a year - far in excess of how much we were paying previously.
“We also do not have the option to take the multiplayer to a different provider. Because the game relies on Glu and GameSpy’s middleware, the entire multiplayer aspect of the game would have to be redeveloped by us, again, at the cost of many tens of thousands of pounds.
"While we are not happy about the situation, as an independent developer we simply do not have the resources to pay the massive costs of new servers along with redeveloping a seven-year-old game."
When queried on its Facebook page about the servers, GameSpy responded: "Neither Namco or Rebellion want to continue support for the game - I'd check with them on why they don't."
A similar message was posting regarding Star Wars: Battlefront: "Lucas Arts no longer supports this title and as we're a service provider to them we have disabled the game."
Last month Glu cut jobs at its Kirkland, Washington, and San Francisco offices, and closed its San Paulo, Brazil operations.