There are many MMORPGs that let their players endure updates that they may not want or be seen the game to “evolve” any further, just like what is seen in World of Warcraft. The game was launched back in 2004 and it has changed so much over the years that the original videogame is now barely recognizable. While there are those who accept these changes and decided to continue on with playing it despite these heavy changes. There are others, on the other hand, who would enjoy vanilla World of Warcraft instead, which is a private server that has rejected to put on some of the official game’s changes. However, Blizzard caught on with the private server and has shut it down.
Vanilla World of Warcraft Shut Down by Blizzard
It was Blizzard’s lawyers in North America and in France that have shut down the World of Warcraft private server. The aforementioned server, named Nostalrius, sent their 800,000 registered users and their 150,000 active users packing.
Well, there’s always the original World of Warcraft by Blizzard Entertainment that they can turn to, right? Well, not really as the players that were sent packing are already furious as to what Blizzard did to the private server. In fact, the community from Nostalrius already started a petition to the gaming company to at least bring out a Legacy server of the official version of the game.
While this has been happening, Nostalrius has promised that they will release a source code of the private server, which will allow others to pick up on their footsteps and perhaps start something new. The following statement was released pertaining to the launching of the aforementioned source code: “Today is also the day where Nostalrius will start being community-driven in the truest sense of the word, as we will be releasing the source code, and anonymized players data (encrypting personal account data), so the community as a whole will decide the form of the future of Nostalrius. We will still be there in the background if you want us to, but will no longer take the lead.”
It does all come down to the rights of gamers to play their favorite games, even those found within the community of the World of Warcraft private server. However, it should also be considered that gaming companies have to protect their own copyrights as well to protect their profit by maintaining subscriptions.