I think a considerable amount of players lost their motivation during the week where the servers were faulty and people could not connect to each other. For me at least, it was the straw that broke the camel's back. I realized then what would happen when Matrix games dropped support of the servers (e.g. went bankrupt, sold the game to another company etc.). There would literally be no option to connect to each other in GtC! You see how right the people were who actually wanted to keep the manual TCP/IP connection intact, so that it would server as an alternative to the lobby.
In releases up to LSA, you can connect via manual TCP/IP. If it doesn't work, use gameranger. Still unavailable to connect? Use a Hamachi type of program. In GtC, if the Matrix servers are down, that's it, no other option and you have payed 40 bucks because you only play CC multiplayer.
Apart from that, if you want to have a relatively crash-free multiplayer game at the moment, don't use truce and airstrikes. I would say you will have a much lower crash percentage (perhaps even none?).
< Message edited by PztCrackwise -- 10/21/2014 10:06:44 AM >