In 2011 EA Shutdown their server of of the Rings: Battle for Middle-earth II. EA said it had to shut down the servers due to the expiration of the Tolkien license. Everyone was still looking for a way to still play online. A
good alternative was Gameranger.
GameRanger – the easiest way to play your friends online.
GameRanger is a free download for Mac and PC that lets you play over 700 games and demos online with friends and opponents worldwide. GameRanger offers features like profiles, friends lists, instant messaging, in-game voice communication, and competitive ladders/rankings/ratings.
Created by Scott Kevill and opened to Mac gaming in 1999, GameRanger is the longest running multiplayer online gaming service on any platform. In 2008, GameRanger expanded into PC gaming receiving widespread enthusiasm and acclaim.
GameRanger Pty Ltd is located in Perth, Australia.