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MOBA Super Monday Night Combat to shut down because of new EU privacy laws

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Free-to-play MOBA Super Monday Night Combat (opens in new tab) is shutting down for good next month because of changes to EU privacy laws, developer Uber Entertainment has announced. The game is now gone from Steam, so unless it's already in your library you won't be able to play it, and even if it is, the servers will go offline on May 24. 

The developer said that the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (opens in new tab) (GDPR), which was approved in 2016 and will be enforced from May 25, is to blame. GDPR aims to hand individuals more control over their data online, and companies that fail to comply will be met with heavy fines. It's the same regulation that made Steam change its privacy settings earlier this month, which caused havoc for SteamSpy (opens in new tab).

Uber Entertainment told Polygon (opens in new tab) that the game's current multiplayer system is not GDPR compliant, and that changing the system would cost more money than is budgeted for the game. In a Steam post, the developer said (opens in new tab) that it would give all active players $10,000 of in-game currency to spend on one last hurrah—details of how to claim are in the Steam post linked above.

As a six-year-old game with a low player count, I doubt many people will be devastated by the news. However, it'll be interesting to see just how wide-reaching the impact of GDPR is. This week, WarpPortal announced (opens in new tab) that all games running on its service—including MMORPG Ragnarok Online—will also be shut down in most of Europe because of GDPR. How many more games will be affected?

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.