High Street and online retailer GAME have announced that they are to shut down their multiplayer gaming services in January, so as they can focus more on the e-commerce side of their business instead.


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The announcement will come as a bitter blow to gamers who use the service which was formerly the highly popular BarrysWorld, especially as it follows so soon after Telewest BlueYonder's "bygames" service also closed - surprising when you consider the number of broadband connections in the UK is constantly rising, and with it the number of gamers wanting to use multiplayer services.

Gamers who have subscribed to the play.game.net service can check a refunds page before the closure date on January 23rd to see what refund they're entitled to, and all other services look like they'll just vanish, including all email accounts, hosted sites, and clan servers. Luckily for gamers looking for a new home there's still a few companies providing similar services including GamesPaper's favourite PlayZen from Broadband ISP Zen.

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