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Telewest to shut bygames online gaming service

UK cable provider Telewest is set to shut down its bygames online gaming service early next month, just over two years after the service originally launched.

According to a statement on the bygames website, the move comes as part of the company's efforts to refocus on the core business of providing internet access, while leaving content provision to other companies.

The closure of bygames follows BT's recent decision to pull the plug on its GamesDomain gaming service, which had failed to attract significant numbers of paying subscribers despite significant investment from the telecommunications giant.

As a gesture to subscribers, Telewest has elected not to charge them for the final month of service before the servers are switched off on November 5th.

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