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Battle.net Going Down Left Legal Gamers in the Basket

Battle.net Going Down Left Legal Gamers in the Basket

Added: Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
If you wanted to find out what would happen when Battle.net goes down, you could have a chance for that recently, when it actually occurred. Legitimate users discovered that they ended up no better off than illegal ones snagging pirated copies of StarCraft 2 and etc. Asked how he is supposed to play if Battle.Net was down, the legal Battle.Net user has got an answer “you aren’t.”


That small quotation from the Battle.Net forums is another example of how DRM and copy protection can harm legal users while illegal ones feel all right. By coincidence, this story occurred just after the PCPro’s announcement how StarCraft 2 was pirate free (though it wasn’t, if you’re aware of the “Reloaded” release group and razor1911).

However, such centralization couldn’t happen just by accident. Blizzard has a record of being fighting against illegal gaming servers for many years. For example, in terms of service for World of Warcraft, Blizzard clearly states the additional license restrictions, meaning that any use of the game or service infringing the license restrictions would be regarded as Blizzard’s copyrights infringement. The list of the prohibited uses includes hacks, cheats, bots, mods and all other illegal third-party software developed with the intention to somehow modify the World of Warcraft.

Two years ago, Blizzard closed down a number of illegal gaming servers explaining that it was a DMCA infringement. This action has even led to a petition collecting over 3 thousand signatures.

So now the users face a situation where in case of one service going down, many users find themselves unable to play their games. It should be pointed out that they legally paid for those games, since StarCraft 2 is concerned (because the hacked copies can’t play multiplayer). This means that when the service goes down like the recent situation, legal users become no better off than illegal ones, paying nothing for their cracked copies. The question is why doesn’t Blizzard allow for private servers if this can make multiplayer service more reliable? If the company’s concern is cheating, it may simply put some server-side software preventing this from happening.

The decision that is being outlined is that DRM has just two possible outcomes – the first saying it’s totally useless, while the second offers it to screw over legal customers. Neither looks fair enough.

August 10th, 2010

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Date:  Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-08-10 13:56:36)
menahunie avatarI have the same problem wit mass effect; I bought it; but to play the game you are required to have an active internet connection so it can phone home. This is their stupid copyright system that YOU DO NOT FIND OUT UNTIL YOU PAY YOUR MONEY AND GO HOME AND INSTALL IT.
NO internet no play your screwed. You can't even play single player.
Also soldiers in IRAQ found this out the hard way..
Me I took the damn game back to the store and after a run around for an hour and they wouldn't refund my money; even after I told them what I mentioned prior is no where stated on the outside of the box. I would have never bought the game if it had.
Long and nasty story short I finally got my money back.
THAT IS WHY I TRY CRACKED GAMES FIRST TO SEE IF THEY HAVE THIS CRAP and to find out if the game is any good.
Remember Sniper Elite - the crap game? Where the bots shoot you 1000's of yards away from the hip or in the air? Shoot you through solid rock and walls? Where it requires you to get into allot of fire fights which is the exact oppisite of what a sniper does? and more.. I deleted it..

posted by Site FriendET junkieET lover (2010-08-10 14:06:46)
Cell avatarBlizzard first advertised its game all around the world with full force after that they

decide to shut down legal servers in the name of copyright infringement

how sick they could get to save some money and eat the Profit!

Now they are depriving the legal customers of the multiplayer facilities very sick that

is why i always go wth PIRATED SOFTWARES its the best! will the best!

posted by (2010-08-10 14:33:41)
No avatarA-MEN Cell!! I was about to go buy StarCraft 2 today, but thanks to this post, I save a lot of money on not buying it. Blizzard is doing too much with the internet activation, just to play the damn game. And you are right, downloading the pirated games before buying the actual game is an excellent ideas because pirated game can be tested to see if it is good or not. Sigh* I feel sorry for the people who bought StarCraft 2 and have to deal these problematic servers. Why dont you wait until the price drop down to a certain package's deal with all three versions or you can download the pirated version, is totally up to you.

posted by (2010-08-10 17:49:39)
TheMAXX avatari payed $150 for the Collectors Edition of Starcraft 2 its not as good as i thought it would be its only taken them 11 years to bring out this game the Disapointing thing about it you cant play LAN games with your friends you CANT chat like the old starcraft 1 there are NO chat channels if you play on Battle.net it takes ages for the stupid thing to find you a game
i with i got the normal copy for $69 i would be alot happer i hope they DONT *F* up Diablo III like they did with Starcraft 2 this is the First Blizzard game i have Been Disapointed with i with they would fire all the JEW money hungrey azz holes and make some changes and make computer games with out trying to rip people off

posted by (2010-08-10 19:11:33)
TheFearAgenda avatarI played the first Starcraft (legally) for years and really enjoyed it. In the past few years I have moved away from PC games and more to consoles, but when I saw that Starcraft 2 was coming out I started to get really excited about it. But I haven't bought it yet cuz I had a feeling there was going to be issues. I didn't think it would extend to shutting down legal servers or leaving paying customers stuck like this. Like ya said Sam I am sure there has to be something that can be done. I just wonder how long it will take to get it figured out before there is an all out nerd riot! Let's see what ended taking longer.. this or the BP fiasco!

posted by (2010-08-10 20:31:15)
OsasNGRT avatarat least we still have, tunngle, garena, gameranger:)

posted by Blocked (2010-08-12 16:04:42)
menahunie avatarThe thing that pisses me off is you search and check on the starcraft 2 demo and watch it; THERE IS NEVER ANY MENTION OF WHAT THE ARTICLE STATES HAPPENED.
NOTHING ABOUT Battle.net going down.. NOTHING.
Allot of people are going to pay good money and get screwed; then watch out...

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