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UT3 Patch Allows You to Play After Gamespy Shutdown

ut3_akashaAs you may have heard, Gamespy is shutting down this weekend. We want to be sure you’re still able to play Unreal Tournament 3 Multiplayer. Thanks to community member Shambler, we have a patch that will allow you to continue playing. We also want to thank all of the server admins and other community members who have helped test the patch to be sure it’s ready to go. (We’re looking at you Bubbaxm2, the nOx guys and Hedsteem!)

If you have any questions, please join in the conversation over at the Epic Forums: https://forums.epicgames.com/threads/986045-Gamespy-Patch-Info

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL STUFFS: This “patch” is actually a replacement executable that will direct you to the new Unreal Tournament 3 master server which we have moved to the Epic Games server bank along with the Unreal Tournament 99 and Unreal Tournament 2004 servers.

In Windows, navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Unreal Tournament 3\Binaries and simply drag and drop the new UT3.exe into this folder. When the screen pops up asking what to do, select move and replace. This will replace the old .exe file with the new one. You will now be directed to the new master server when you start your game.

This patch will also work with the Steam version of the game.  You will need to navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Unreal Tournament 3\Binaries, or just search for your Unreal Tournament 3\Binaries folder and replace the UT3.exe file with the new one.

In Unreal Tournament 3, you will need to recreate your user name on the new master server. We are very sorry for this inconvenience, but all currently registered names will go away along with Gamespy. You can use the same names as before and even the same passwords, you just need to have them registered on the new server now instead of Gamespy.

This will also apply to servers! This will apply to servers as well, they will need to have the new .exe and all Gamespy usernames will need to be recreated or replaced in the command line as well. The larger server providers should be able to handle this for you but please contact your provider if you are unsure. In the event that you run your own server on your own box, you will need to patch this as well. There is a separate patch for servers.

Client Patches:

FPS Hosting have offered to host it for us, you can get it here:

It is also on Gamefront:

Windows Server Patches


Zeytun has offered to host this one as well:

Linux Bin File


    • AutoPsychotic

      Fantastic. Good call, Epic Community!

    • iFlak

      Thank you AutoPsychotic!

    • rek

      rek approved news! i checked out the official vctf server last night and everything is great!

      • iFlak

        Great to hear rek, thank you!

    • Max

      Good to hear there’s a fix. Couple quick q’s: Is there a reason the Steam version of the game can’t apply the patch automatically? And is there a similar process for UT2k4/UT99, steam versions or otherwise?


      • iFlak

        Hi Max,

        We have sent the file to Steam and hope they have it live soon. There is no need to patch UT99 or UT2K4, they will just continue to work.

      • Salvador Arias

        the patch just went live on steam

    • NaelAM

      Applied this to the Steam version. Works great for multiplayer, but the textures for the main menu’s background are not loading. Minor issues but I’d love to know how to fix it.

      • iFlak

        I’m not having that issue here Nael, I’ll check into it.

        • NaelAM

          Weird. Sorry for the late response, but I tried restarting my computer, restoring the old version and reapplying the patched EXE, and changing video settings and the background is still white and textureless. Not sure what’s going on here, but it’s not affecting actual games, so that’s good at least.

          • Liquid Aurum

            It’s only in the menu? hmm. You’re right good thing it’s not in game

        • NaelAM

          So I wanted to follow up on this issue – it turns out this issue was being caused by an outdated version of SweetFX (SMAA injector + image quality tweaking tool) I threw into the game directory. Deleting SweetFX cleared up the problem. So it was on my end – oops!

      • iFlak

        Have you tried rebooting Nael? Everyone seemed to be fine on the server I was on.

    • Jon

      When you say we have to reregister our usernames, does that mean someone could technically get a username someone else once used?

      • iFlak

        That is correct Jon. It’s a new master server so you should patch and grab your name as soon as you can.

    • n/a

      I’m able to play online without applying the patch. I’m confused :)

      • iFlak

        Gamespy hasn’t pulled the trigger yet, but it could be at any time.

    • jabman

      This is great for PC gamers but what about the ones on consoles. Will the servers be saved for PS3 and Xbox 360?

      • Joshua Allen

        Xbox 360 has live for servers

      • Hertz

        360 players are fine, Microsoft’s Xbox Live infrastructure allows for most games to stay live indefinitely. There are exceptions though, like EA games getting axed or really unpopular titles.

        PSN relies on developer-side or 3rd party servers to operate most, if not all of their games. The GameSpy shutdown basically nuked any console game that relied on it from this current and past generation.

    • Bruce

      Will the patch role out through Steam itself? IE: Every time I reinstall the game on Steam, will I keep having to apply the patch?

      • Bruce

        I noticed that the is a beta option. Is that the patch? If so, will it it be out of beta and part of the regular version some time?

    • ktn

      the multiplayer option seems to work BUT … dont think i can either host a co-op game or add a friend into the friends list … unless i need some other file for that or needa play with port forwarding (which i dont wanna do cause this just has to work as i like to click on it or go for instant play) … anyone ?

      • MrGenKenobi

        same, would like to play some co-op but it shows me error about DMZ servers and ports

    • rabbit-with-c4

      people play ut3…?

    • platnumSpider

      thanks for all the hard work. ——-the nOx clan

    • Ruk

      I used this for the Steam version, but all the servers that come up are filled with bots and there’s only one server with actual people on it, is that normal?

    • dropstep

      after dropping the patch, I get a message, the online service is currently unavailable. Where to recreate my account? ty

    • Alex Listengort

      Does it mean that my player’s Stats and also friends list is now clear? Guess we should create a new account to continue playing?
      Anyways, thanks for the Online game that is available still

    • T-Deep

      It would be awesome if they would also find a solution for PS3 Players. :S

    • Im Iskadogz

      Sad for all thos eplayers that doesn’t know aout this with gamespy shutdown :( UT3 will be more empty than it was, but thanks for the patch epic guys :)

    • Jeremy Little

      now… the ps3 version?

    • dropstep

      the patch doesn’t work for me.
      Using retail ut3

      Server is unavailable or creating profile sticks on screen.

      New OS

    • Matt Dymond

      Will there be a patch for the PS3 version? So many online trophies unable to obtain because of this.

    • dropstep

      says sever unavailable

    • dropstep

      online service is currently unavailable. Overwriting the oem ut3.exe hasn’t worked for me in 20 attempts. Can we create the game accounts directly from fps hosting website?

    • dropstep

      it was my avg firewall causing the problem. I disabled it and all is good now.

    • donguzman

      I get so frustrated with these patches, I tried downloading and installing but doesn’t allow with same old error missing some dill or another (wxmsw262u.dill) I really wish that they would get this right I mean I understand its a service but spending hours on trying to figure out how to run this patch is not my idea of help its torture.
      Anyone know how to fix?

      I tried running it with 7zip, winzip, it’s a rar file and should open without a problem.
      Man what a colossal waste of time and energy.

    • Odan

      Of course we’re plying UT3…are there any other games? TITAAAN’s in your base !!! :) Ah and don’t forget to install MapMixer. A must!

    • Smashero

      And… What about PS3 version???

    • Yoshi

      PS3 version too, pleaaaaaase! :(

    • Alec

      Just bought a new copy of the game and followed all of the instructions, but annoyingly it’s now refusing to start and is producing a Runtime error. Not the most knowledgeable PC user so entirely possible I’ve done something daft but I can’t get the game to work at all now.

    • Ivan Albornoz

      Nice, hope there will be a solution for PS3

    • tzanko

      I have a trouble with that patch. I have original dvd unreal tournament 3, but it doesn’t require steam, and this patch can’t run. It says that( microsoft visua c++ runtime library – Run time error ut3.exe the application has requested the runtime to terminated it in an unusual way. Please contact the application’s support team for more information. Please could you help.

      • NikTheGeek

        me too. Any fix? Me and my lad like killing each other in UT3 :)

      • donguzman

        I figured it out, you have to drag and drop the new patch into the ut3 folder, look on this site under inportant tech stuffs, 2nd para it says that you have to drag and drop into the binary files and it will replace the old one. Hope this helps

    • costar123

      This game is so much better on plasmas and/or lcd’s and even though I used to play on my power book pro, the PS 3 version made me love the game a thousand times more.
      We console lover are demanding faithful support from You Epic and you know there’s no other like it.
      Try that infinity or destiny whatever the name is and whatever character you select is a dancer instead of a fighter, that beta demo first or opening map is almost a faithful copy of Quake 4, remember that dino bros and sis ?

      We are demanding a PS3 server patch for Your Baby UT3 ASAP!
      Yours truly:
      Max alias : costar123 (an undying fun of Your Game)

    • don st Pierre

      Do they have this for ps3 players? Because I would really want to play unreal tournament 3

    • Neil Mathieson

      Thanks, the patch fixed it for me on all three of my PC’s. It works great too.

    • Melchior Gaspar

      THE! UNREAL! TOURNAMENT!!!!!!! lol

      I take it this is applied after the last official Patch?
      – Unreal Tournament 3 (v2.1)_Patch5

    • Laggard

      I still love UT3

    • GoToHell

      Now im pissed im playing on ps3 and gamespy shutdown the servers so there isnt a wax to obtain the online trophys including that there isnt a way to play anymore online so what should i do with the game cd now ? Break it ? Let it fly out of the window ? Or maybe push the cd into gamespys ass ? Dont know but i know something for sure im going to take my money back from epicgames !

      • ut3forever

        Get a PC. This game is INFINITELY greater on PC. I used to play on ps3 too, till i got the pc version. It has a ton of mods, better graphics, and tons of advantages. Trust me, it’s better on PC, in every way imaginable. You can even play it with an xbox 360 controller

        • GoToHell

          first ive played it on Pc there are not that much difference about mods and graphic, second ive paid for it on the ps3 so they need to make a patch for it as well otherwise epic should pay back the money we console gamers have spend for the ps3, and last on PC i dont got a trophy system like the ps3 thats why people play ps3, ps4, xbox360 and xbox one even if the xbox dont got trophys but they got achivments instead, besides if i play on PC i would never play with an xbox controller a ps3 controller is better for myself anyway fix this for ps3 as well ….

        • William Power

          So Steam Christmas sale is up today, I was thinking of buying it, I was wondering if the servers were still pretty populated?

    • Romy-X

      Hi, just added patch, I get crash C++ runtime error, yes I have latest C++ runtime installed… thanks, but looks like UT3 dead for me.

    • Malik Kazan

      Links broken

    • Hertz

      Guys, you do realize it’s probably not even worth fixing for the PS3?

      • GoToHell

        if it isnt worth for ps3 than it shouldnt be worth for pc as well dont post something stupid like this cause we ps3 lovers paid for it as well

    • Bob

      I would like a patch that lets me continue the 1 player campaign, instead of making me start the whole thing every time I restart the game.

    • fredde

      HELLO! you guys with a cd disk and cant fix the patch, go to steam and activate the product key that you have for you copy, and it’ll work

    • yan

      it keep say i am missing dll fails any help?

    • jason30398

      link to patch for MEGA –>mega:#!M8RH1DDS!TdhIfNFWmDhYYL1hRC3BCWDcRDkGRQOgjw6A94R4EOY

    • bob

      i just bough UT3 for PS3 and i cant fucking play online WTF?

      • Ari Romano Pfefferkorn

        yeah, not working for me either. please fix it on the PS3 as well! :(

    • Porter Philipson

      what happened to the ps3 multiplayer? it’s not working.

    • Omega9001

      I get a runtime error that says: This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way.
      Please contact the applications support team for more information.

    • fuck epic

      revive ut3!!! on ps3 !!! epic don t fuck!

    • Michael Lyngsøe

      I have now tried all 5, but every time I moved and replaced them, I get a message, that the program has stopped working, what do I do

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    • Leanca Radu

      After aplying the “update”, this is what i get !

      Problem signature:
      Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
      Application Name: UT3.exe
      Application Version:
      Application Timestamp: 49cb0f31
      Fault Module Name: MSVCR80.dll
      Fault Module Version: 8.0.50727.6195
      Fault Module Timestamp: 4dcddbf3
      Exception Code: 40000015
      Exception Offset: 000046b4
      OS Version: 6.1.7601.
      Locale ID: 1048
      Additional Information 1: a2ae
      Additional Information 2: a2ae61b65c11b4c379345c98f47daffb
      Additional Information 3: 8e39
      Additional Information 4: 8e39fcf260e33b4050cfe6671e6b43b0

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    • maharg nad

      fix the ps3 patches. i got ripped off. sux.

    • Vatossan

      this crap is not working. delete this shit so people don’t waste time.

    • Ciaran De

      Does this require UT Patch 5? or does it work with 4? Also, I tried this on Windows 10 and it didn’t work, although I haven’t tried it for 7. I ended up having to reinstall the game because it was completely broken, it said a C++ Runtime error, help?


      it is saying after patch 5 that it is the online server is currently unavailable/ please wait and try reconnecting again

    • Alaiskai

      Does this patch work?

      • Rinske

        My UT3 won’t run after following this instruction. When I load the game, this message apears :(

    • Иво Костов

      When I joined there is noone in the servers. Its whrite there is 6/10 players but i am alone! What I have to do?

    • Otaku_Gamer.rar

      When I tried to open it, it said steam_api.dll is missing, any help? I have the old retail version, I can’t find the manual with the code, so I can’t register it to my steam.