The end of an era is upon us as GameSpy has announced that they will shut down all of their services by May 31, 2014. This includes online functionality for a number of titles. Even some console games will be impacted by this, namely those that use GameSpy for their online matchmaking.

In case you thought that GameSpy wasn't a thing for quite some time, you may be surprised to hear just how many games are going to be affected. There are literally hundreds of games and developers that will be impacted by this. Games from EA, Trendy Entertainment, Ubisoft, Gearbox, Nintendo, Konami, Capcom, Firaxis, Bohemia, 5th Cell, Koei, and many more.

Bohemia did issue a statement about what will happen with many of their games, including the Arma franchise.
Important notice: effective May 31, 2014, Gamespy will cease providing all hosted services for all games.

This is going to affect multiplayer in our games that use Gamespy for matchmaking, cd keys authentification and NAT traversal from Arma: Resistance to Arma 3. We are planning to introduce an alternative solution using Steam to Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead and Arma 3 users.

Other games (Take On Helicopters, Arma 2, Arma 2: Free, Arma, Arma: Cold War Assault) will have more limited multiplayer experience with loss of server browser, cd key authentification and NAT traversal systems. That said, direct IP connection to servers should work even after Gamespy services are no longer available.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Trendy Entertainment, the studio behind Dungeon Defenders has said that the PlayStation 3 and non-Steam PC versions of the game will no longer have multiplayer as a result of GameSpy shutting down. They are working on their own multiplayer matchmaking servicve, Playverse, for their future titles but it will not be completed in time to be implemented into their older offerings.

A few of Rockstar's titles are also affected, to a lesser degree than most, by this closure. Multiplayer for Grand Theft Auto IV and Red Dead Redemption has been working these past two years to transition off of GameSpy for their online needs.

Battlefield 2 still uses (or at least, it used to, I'm not sure that it does any more as I've seen conflicting information) a GameSpy login in order to play online.

Activision claims that their titles will not be affected by this. Capcom has said that they are "evaluating migration solutions and will have more information in the near future." Though if their record with fixing Games for Windows Live functionality is any indication, the outlook may not be too good for Capcom titles ditching GameSpy in time.

We all have parent company Glu Mobile to thank for this. GameSpy was acquired by Glu from IGN back in 2012.

(via IGN and Signa)