Ex-World of Warcraft developer Mark Kern has weighed-in on the recent legal action Blizzard took against Vanilla servers like Nostalrius.
For those who don’t know, Blizzard recently sued Nostalrius for running stripped down version of World of Warcraft, without any DLC or expansions.
After Blizzard threatened to sue Nostalrius released a statement saying that it has received a letter from US and french lawyers, on behalf of Blizzard Entertainment. They were going after OVH, the hosting company of WoW servers.
Nostalrius Begins PvP, Nostalrius Begins PvE & Nostalrius TBC have been shut down definitively from 10th of April 2016.
Private servers aren’t something Blizzard wants players to have, in fact, it believes players aren’t interested in such servers. However, Nostalrius user base is half million strong which disagrees with Blizzard.
Kern on the other hand said that Blizzard has every right to shut down such servers. However, it should appreciate the fact that these servers are run through passions and love for World of Warcraft, not greed.
Blizzard has every legal right to shut down these servers, it’s true. They also have an interest in protecting their business, and I can’t fault them for that.
But what I can say, is that I feel Blizzard could have handled the matter much better. In a time where gamers and developers can be so connected with each other in social media and the net, companies need to form strong communities and fandom.
I would ask Blizzard to take a look at Nostalrius’s team and what they did out of pure passion, not greed, but passion, and find a way to acknowledge that. I think it’s possible, you can look at the way Valve treats fan projects and ends up hiring these teams and making great products with them. Valve channels gamer passion very well, and Blizzard could look to that as a potential model.
What is your take on the situation? Do you think Blizzard should have handled things differently? Do you want such servers to remain online?