More piracy woes for GameSpy
December 2nd 2000, 05:55 CET by Andy
Another site hosted by GameSpy is being used for piracy.
Clay Templeton, alias "BiG_GunS", the 16 year-old leader of mod group tmProductions, uses his PlanetUnreal-hosted site to advertise pirate copies of games, as well as movies in the DivX format.
He currently lists over 20 gigabytes of games and over 11 gigabytes of movies. A list of applications is promised for the next update.
The list, which is not password-protected and has been linked to from at least one popular gaming message board, has been available for over a month.
Templeton says on the site: "Everything listed here is located locally; either on a cd or on my hard drive. If you want access to any of this, simply e-mail me ... and we can set up a scheduled transfer."
There are also instructions for how to obtain files on CD, and Templeton gives out what appears to be his home address in Arkansas, USA.
Some of the games listed are Half-Life and Opposing Force, the whole of the Quake series including some mission packs, Sin, Soldier of Fortune, Unreal and Unreal Tournament, Elite Force and Deus Ex.
The movies listed appear to be mostly older titles that are already available on video. The more recent ones include American Beauty, Fight Club and Road Trip.
It does not appear that Templeton stores any pirated material on GameSpy's servers.
GameSpy's press contact was not immediately available for comment. One ex-senior employee said managers almost certainly aren't aware of the hosted site being used for piracy.
Update: Three hours later, the games/movies list, which was at this address, is no longer available. (It hasn't been removed, but it has been blocked.) We haven't heard back from GameSpy yet, and the e-mail we sent earlier didn't include the address, so it's not clear who blocked access to the list, or why.