Earlier last week, Redditor ‘Gummy52’ teased a new fan-run server that would emulate Blizzard’s first WoW expansion pack back from 2007. However, the Redditor was forced to shut down the server just after few hours as Blizzard issued a cease-and-desist letter through the legal firm Mitchell Silberberg and Knupp LLP which cited the breach of Blizzard’s copyrights.
However, this is far from being the first time Blizzard has taken such approach. For example, earlier last year, the company ordered that another legacy server, ‘Nostalrius’ be taken offline. At the time, the developers teased the possibility that they might offer fans similar functionalities at a later date. However, the company didn’t commit to the plant.
Shortly after the server, Felmyst was shut down, Gummy52 addressed the community by saying, “I gambled that we could cap the servers at 3k and enjoy a close community.”
“The problem with private servers is that there is no middle ground. If people expect a server to ‘only’ have 3000 real players then they just won’t play and you’ll instead end up with 300, which isn’t playable.”
”Last year’s news of what Blizzard was doing came at the absolute worst time for me, frankly, with so many years already invested.”
“That is also the reason I’ve been able to work mostly full time on this project as I’m unemployed, though I have sacrificed much of my well-being dedicating everything I have to this. Why am I disclosing this? I’m not really sure, but I feel compelled to.”
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