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Blizzard Shuts Down World of Warcraft Legacy Server Hours After Launch

Blizzard continues to hold its ground against the possibility of any third-party attempt at recreating the early years of World of Warcraft.

The latest victim in this regard is Felmyst, a private server that was developed by fans and launched on July 21 by Gummy52, the main developer on the project. However, within hours of the launch, Blizzard sent a cease-and-desist letter from its legal firm to state that the fan-made server was infringing on the company’s property. As a result, Gummy52 had no choice but to shut the server down.

“We understand that through your involvement with Felmyst, you are engaged in the development, distribution, and hosting of so-called ’emulated server’ software (hereafter, the ‘Infringing Services),'” reads the letter. “Among other things, [these] Infringing Services allow users to play altered and/or illegitimate copies of WoW online [without] the need for a legitimately-purchased copy or subscription.”

Hailed by many as the golden era of the popular online fantasy game, there has always been a great demand for Legacy servers. This includes the vanilla version of World of Warcraft, as well as first expansion pack called The Burning Crusade. Blizzard introduced a lot of changes from thereon, which has only disappointed many fans.

Unfortunately, despite acknowledging the demand for Legacy servers, Blizzard is in no mood to either offer licenses to third-party developers or launch their own servers.

“I am sad that things didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped but I don’t think I’d change any of the decisions I made,” said Gummy52. “I gambled that we could cap the servers at 3k and enjoy a close community. Sadly, I did not win that gamble, though on some level it was nice to see so many people eager to enjoy something I worked on. This project gave the last four years of my life a sense of purpose that I thoroughly enjoyed.”

Last year, Blizzard shut down a popular legacy server called Nostralrius that rolled the game back to its vanilla version.

Saqib Mansoor
The odd man in the group who hates chocolate, cheese, and having to work on Sundays.


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