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GameSpy bonds with EA on online play

Online gaming company GameSpy Industries announced it has signed a licensing deal with leading games publisher Electronic Arts. EA will use software from Los Angeles-based GameSpy to handle back-end tasks such as player matching and authentication for online versions of its PC games.

GameSpy is one of a handful of companies looking to profit from the logistical challenges game companies face as they seek to develop online versions of their titles. The company sells development tools, hosting services and other products to allow publishers to easily put their games online. "I think it's great validation for the overall concept of publishers outsourcing infrastructure," GameSpy CEO Mark Surfas said of the EA deal. "It's very costly to develop these technologies and services...and it just doesn't make sense to reinvent the wheel."