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Yeah, bought a Macbook Retina, come from a Linux background where this stuff is usually a question of removing via the package manager.

Anyhow, I don't play games on this, it's purely for business/development. But I keep seeing this gamed process that came down with the Mavericks update trying to phone home.

Apart from software update, I don't really want any process phoning home, especially when I paid 2G for the damned thing.

Anyhow, anyone know how I can disable/uninstall/kill this process for good?

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I didn't want to mess with the binary but turning off all settings in System Preferences>Notifications stopped the final phone homes. – toxaq Feb 8 at 6:28
up vote 14 down vote accepted

Specifically for the gamed service, the following command in one of the posts about a similar topic on the Apple Support Communities worked for me, without any need to modify plists or rename files:

sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchAgents/ disabled -bool true

Changing "true" back to "false" will re-enable it, although I've not tried it.

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looks good, lets see if apple honor the setting. – picsolve_binarytemple Apr 29 '14 at 8:38
You can also run launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/ It modifies /var/db/launchd.db/$UID/overrides.plist, which has precedence over the Disabled key. – user495470 Sep 19 '14 at 7:43
For all of you who find this and will try to use this method on El Capitan, you might be disappointed. I just did the launchctl unload method and that works even on El Capitan. – Dalibor Filus Apr 30 at 10:22

The first thing to do is open the damn thing and log out of Game Center, and delete whatever it still filled in.

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I've never even signed in to the Game Center – picsolve_binarytemple Nov 10 '13 at 21:32
Yeah, it lives at: /System/Library/Frameworks/GameKit.framework/Versions/Current/Resources/gamed – picsolve_binarytemple Nov 10 '13 at 21:40
tried using launchctl as described in… – picsolve_binarytemple Nov 10 '13 at 21:41
But it doesn't show up in the process list. – picsolve_binarytemple Nov 10 '13 at 21:41
@picsolve_binarytemple it won't it is a daemon and so only runs when something ttys to call it – Mark Jan 10 '14 at 0:40

This is a cheap hack:

sudo mv /System/Library/Frameworks/GameKit.framework/Versions/Current/Resources/gamed /System/Library/Frameworks/GameKit.framework/Versions/Current/Resources/gamed.inactive
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Yeah, that seems to be about the only way to disable that crap. I haven't tried it yet (just blocking it's communication using a firewall) but that seems the only way to turn it off. – picsolve_binarytemple Jan 11 '14 at 12:17
Cannot do that on OS X El Capitan (without system protection disabled). The launchctl way can be done though. – Dalibor Filus Apr 30 at 10:21

In Yosemite 10.10.3 the gamed process can be found in /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/GameCenterFoundation.framework/Versions/A/gamed.

I needed to rename the process to get rid of it, the defaults write and unload suggestions didn't work.

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See other answers - how does this differ? – Mark Jun 1 '15 at 11:34
@Mark game kit -> GCF – bmike Jun 1 '15 at 11:52

I'm not sure how to completely disable the process but I've set up Little Snitch to disallow incoming / outgoing processes associated with the Game Center. It's a useful little program.

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