Management at Gamespy sent more than 800 developers who signed on as participants to use the company’s freely-available online services an email of their GameSpy Open program services being terminated on December 12th, 2012.
Gamers who have logged on to the free servers are already noting loss of service for many titles including FSX. Gamespy was recently sold to Glu Mobile, a company specialized in games for devices.
Developers are invited to discuss with GameSpy the possibility of entering into a Developer Publisher Agreement. Under this arrangement typically Developers pay an upfront license fee due upon signing and additional license fees during the term of the agreement.
There are a great many options for Multiplayer Gaming so it wasn’t as though a sudden loss of connectivity just disturbed "The Force" but an original element of FSX design was rendered part of history