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GAME announces end for online multiplayer service

UK retail giant GAME has announced that it is to shut down its online gaming service Game.net at the end of January, marking the final closure of the enterprising multiplayer gaming provider previously known as Barrysworld.

UK retail giant GAME has announced that it is to shut down its online gaming service Game.net at the end of January, marking the final closure of the enterprising multiplayer gaming provider previously known as Barrysworld.

GAME purchased the Barrysworld operation almost three years ago in an eleventh hour deal to save it from closure after the popular service ran out of money. Relaunched under the Game.net banner, the service is now to be axed on January 23rd.

According to GAME, the decision has been made "to focus our online activity on core e-commerce services, both in the UK and Europe" - seemingly a tacit admission that there was no money to be made in the provision of online gaming services for standard PC multiplayer games.

The original founders of the Barrysworld service now plan to offer a small-scale online gaming service, called FreddysHouse, which will be non-commercial and in keeping with the original ethos of the Barrysworld community - "volunteers and donations only, no suits", according to one of the founders, writing on the new site under his online nick of TedTheDog.

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