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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:17AM (Unverified) said

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Kotick is pleased.

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:20AM Pauleh said

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How can anyone be angry at Blizzard? they could have all the money in the world, a crime is still a crime.

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:26AM Noah K said

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I don't have an issue with private servers as long as they are free... but this guy was making money off the server with micro-transactions, and for that he is clearly in the wrong.

There are some really great "free" Everquest servers out there that use the original rule-set with only the expansions up to Velious enabled, which is pretty cool if you want to play the game as it was 10 years ago.

Anyhoo...

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:29AM Platypus Man said

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So because they have the temerity to charge money for a service, it's all right to steal from them?

I'm not sure how that adds up.

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:40AM wjowski said

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If he was running a for-profit private server, he had this coming.

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:41AM Dril said

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Hey, Tempus, guess what? Second Life is there for you and your customization needs. I mean, WoW is literally full to brim money-grabbing options like "a monthly subscription." It really makes me sick that they charge exactly the same as other companies (less actually here in the UK since others add VAT ONTO the £8.99) and take my money away from me.

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:43AM timthel0rd said

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As much as Blizzard *probably* don't need more money, and how little 88mil will add tot heir infinite bank balance (I know this because I know this), I agree with the action.

If you run a free to play private server, there's a pretty good chance the people there wouldn't be playing Retail anyway, but if people are paying to play there, you're stealing income from Blizzard. BL.

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:47AM i2hellfire said

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more adaptable? what does that even mean?

"f this game up it's f'ing a...they expect me to level and accrue experience in order to get stuff? and then have the temerity (i don't think you'd use flourishes like 'temerity'...but i can pretend) to charge me money? if only this game were more customizable to my needs...."

seriously, what were you thinking "games" were? developers packages for you make whatever it is your illogical chickpea brain desired?

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:51AM engrey said

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I don't mind private servers, and while Blizzard may frown on down on them, typically they would not go after every single one. However with this case, when the company is making a profit, is when you get into some trouble.

I think private servers can have their uses, and it can be fun from time to time, but it will never stack up against what Blizzard runs on their own servers. Since a lot of the time private servers tend to be missing features, raids, BGs, etc. Also donor items are typically common, custom or high level items that only people who donate to the server get.

I am kinda glad Blizzard is at least cracking down or making people think twice. Doing some illegal, even if it is free, and even if you are not making money off it, is gasp, illegal.

Though this is coming from a pirate myself -Eats a Deviate fish, YARRR!-

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:56AM TheJackman said

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This was not just about private servers this guy was making money off the game with offer microtransactions on the private server. It was a good move of Blizzard!

I hope his users did use there brain and not give him any cent!

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 10:00AM anduz said

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I think it's fair to say that Blizzard would've never been awarded $85,478,600 of statutory damages in a reasonable justice system in a real civilized country, but it's hardly fair to slant on Blizzard because American courts are outrageously insane.

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 10:09AM Saker said

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Agree
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 10:02AM Beau Hindman said

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Well, you steal someone's stuff, you get caught, you pay. Good for Blizzard! Maybe next time he'll take all that time and energy and put it into making his own, original game.

Beau

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 10:30AM (Unverified) said

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Agreed, Beau.

Tempes, what does it matter?
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 10:37AM Its Utakata stupid said

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Kotaku refers to Alyson Reeves as a she.

http://www.kotaku.com.au/2010/08/hey-dont-run-unauthorised-world-of-warcraft-servers-ok/

...though I was under the impression it was a name of a company and not of a person - similar to Fannie Mae. But it looks like I'm wrong.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 10:16AM Jade Effect said

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With the number of private servers running out there, I would have thought Blizzard would be going after them like someone playing whack-a-mole.

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 10:23AM engrey said

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Considering you can get the code easily enough, anyone with a computer can make their own private server. However like gold sellers, going after them all would be way to time consuming and costly for Blizzard. They would need a lawyer team bigger then their developer teams put together to tackle every single site and company. The same goes for private servers as it does for those that pirate music. The RIAA (Or the shady lawyer group sending people letters saying pay up or else) do not have to go and find every single person and sue them. A lot of people will see on the news that some person was sued for $500,000 for pirating 12 songs, and that will make a lot of people think twice before doing it.

Blizzard is setting an example more then actually looking to seek damages from every single place that gets money from private servers.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 12:03PM wjowski said

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"Your game most likely has issues if many people would rather play an altered version.
If only a few were playing an altered version then it may just be a few strange people, but if many are playing then there is most likely a valid reason."

Or maybe they're just cheapskates.

Given the millions of people that play WoW legitimately it must not have too many issues.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 10:29AM (Unverified) said

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Private servers are all well and good for those that want a more 'Vanilla' version of a game; charging or taking 'donations' for microtransactions is just asking for trouble.

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 10:46AM Its Utakata stupid said

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I agree. That's just making money off of someone elses work without giving them a cent or credit for it. Even if that someone is a smug multi-billion multinational ran by dubious management.
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