Blizzard Suing Nostalrius For Running Vanilla WoW, Servers Shut Down

Blizzard Suing Nostalrius over running Vanilla World of Warcraft, which is WoW without its expansions. Servers have now been shut down.

Blizzard is ready to sue Nostalrius in just a few days for running illegal World of Warcraft servers. The company is ready to stand trial and has forced Nostalrius to shut down its services.

Nostalrius released a statement saying that it has received a letter from US and french lawyers, on behalf of Blizzard Entertainment. They are going after OVH, the hosting company of WoW servers.

Nostalrius Begins PvP, Nostalrius Begins PvE & Nostalrius TBC will be shut down definitively from 10th of April 2016. That is if their hosting company manages to keep them up for that long.

For those who don’t know, Nostalrius is a “private server” which hosts games of Vanilla World of Warcraft. Meaning no expansions!

This is not something Blizzard wants players to have, in fact, they believe players aren’t interested in such servers. However, Nostalrius user base is half million strong which disagrees with Blizzard. The community overall is divided over the situation, many support this while other totally dismiss the existence of such servers.

However, those who do support this spend a lot of time playing WoW on Nostalrius and certainly this is a very emotional moment for the community and the team behind its creation.


What will happen next? This time, we have no plan for the future, and will have to rely entirely on our community and/or the private server scene.

We know the time you spent here, the guilds you were part of, and these people with whom you have shared experiences with. We know the strength of these links, and we also know that they do not need a special WoW realm to survive. However, we will still be publicly providing everything needed in order to setup your own “Nostalrius” if you are willing to.

It’s a developing story, check back for more updates.

Sarmad is our Senior Editor, and is also one of the more refined and cultured among us. He's 25, a finance major, and having the time of his life writing about videogames.