Blizzard: There is No Legal Way to Run Nostalrius Server

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Blizzard recently put an end to vanilla server – Nostalrius. The server was ran by passionate community members and it had over half a million user base. However, Blizzard threatened to sue Nostalrius server which resulted in a complete shutdown on April 10.

Fans started a petition in support of its revival which got over 200K signature. World of Warcraft lead, Mark Kern, promised to personally deliver this petition to president Mike Morhaime after it reached that number. Now, Blizzard has finally broke silence and has released a statement regarding World of Warcraft private server, Nostalrius.

Nostalrius can’t be allowed to run without failing to protect against intellectual property infringement that would damage Blizzard’s rights. They have explored many ways to allow classic servers but none are without legal difficulty.

We explored options for developing classic servers and none could be executed without great difficulty. If we could push a button and all of this would be created, we would. However, there are tremendous operational challenges to integrating classic servers, not to mention the ongoing support of multiple live versions for every aspect of WoW.

So what can we do to capture that nostalgia of when WoW first launched? Over the years we have talked about a “pristine realm”. In essence that would turn off all leveling acceleration including character transfers, heirloom gear, character boosts, Recruit-A-Friend bonuses, WoW Token, and access to cross realm zones, as well as group finder. We aren’t sure whether this version of a clean slate is something that would appeal to the community and it’s still an open topic of discussion.

Blizzard is in touch with some of the folks who ran Nostalrius and appreciate their passion for World of Warcraft. However, such servers can not be allowed to run without jeopardizing Blizzard’s IP.

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