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World of Warcraft ?Nostalrius? Server Shutdown by Blizzard

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Around 150,000 active World of Warcraft (WoW) players will have to look for a new home as Blizzard Entertainment ordered the shutdown of the famous ?Nostalrius? private server.

In an open letter, the team behind the private server said they received a letter of formal notice from U.S. and French lawyers acting on behalf of Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind the WoW game.The Nostalrius team said the letter warned them to prepare for a trial for copyright infringement if they continue running the server.

Running and hosting private servers are against Blizzard?s Terms of Use for the game. To avoid legal consequences, the Nostalrius team decided to shutdown their servers on April 10, should their host server keep it running until then. The Nostalrius server runs the 1.12 version of the original WoW game from 2006, before the release of The Burning Crusade expansion.

An online petition was started in the hopes of alleviating tension and improving relationships between community-supported servers and Blizzard, the developers of the game. The petition has a 75,000 target number of signs and currently has 52,000 supporters. Along with the petition is another open letter addressed to Michael Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard.

Not all is lost though as the Nostalrius team promises to ?start being community-driven in the truest sense of the word.? Which means they would release the source code and encrypted personal account data so the ?community as a whole will decide the form of the future of Nostalrius.?

Blizzard Entertainment?s games like Diablo, Starcraft and Warcraft have enjoyed cult followings up to this day since their release decades ago. The massive fandom and playerbase of WoW has seen alternative and free servers pop up that serve to nostalgic versions and even modifications of the game. Private servers are not exclusive to WoW. Most MMOs, if not all, have a wide array of privately run modified servers catering to a range of players.

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