World of Warcraft’s Burning Crusade emulator shut down by Blizzard cease-and-desist

Well, what did you think was going to happen?

As they have no legal legs on which to stand, MMORPG emulator projects operate on the hope that they’re under the radar enough that the actual owner of the intellectual property won’t notice or care that such activities are transpiring. Unfortunately for operator Gummy and his team over at Burning Crusade, Blizzard wasn’t about to let this fly on its watch.

The studio issued a cease-and-desist letter to the World of Warcraft emulator just weeks after the game started to become more public with open beta testing. This shutdown echoes the great drama that we saw last year with the closure and fallout of the Nostalrius vanilla WoW emulator.

Burning Crusade’s owner said that he wasn’t able to move the project to another country but doesn’t regret the time he put into it: “It makes me happy, and programming makes me happy. Of course, 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 […] This project gave the last four years of my life a sense of purpose that I thoroughly enjoyed. ”

Source: Felmyst.com, Reddit. Thanks Lorgarn and Cotic!
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Chosenxeno .

Maybe if it didn’t get so much PRESS it could have worked?

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Well, no one saw THAT coming…

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Necromonger

When private servers are better then Blizzards own servers.

That must hurt them realy realy badly.

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zeko_rena

Good.

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Tamanous

Just the usual. Nothing new to see here. To distill this at it’s most basic level: there is a demand that was created by Blizzard and Blizzard is choosing not to meet this demand.

Anything else is choosing to skirt the real issue as no resolution can come of it.

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D-Bit

Word of advice. If you’re going to do a private WoW server, keep it low-key and set up servers outside of NA/EU/Asia jurisdictions. I do feel for these people. They want a more basic and less convoluted version of the game they love and Blizzard is telling them ‘they don’t want it’. When someone puts in the work to make it happen, they squash it. It’s within Blizzard’s rights, but it’s also hypocritical.

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starbuck1771

So your ok with theft of others property? Which is exactly what those leeches are doing.

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D-Bit

They’re not leeches. They had a game they loved and over time it changed dramatically. They’ve all paid the money for the game as well. Of course what is being done is outside the law, but I do respect those that take matters into their own hands. If, like many claim, the monthly subs are only to keep servers going, (which seems suspect to me) then I see no issue with it. Either way, I’m not going to demonize a bunch of people that just want to play the game they love that isn’t provided anymore. What I don’t understand is people calling them names and being so angry at them.

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Dreema

Speaking purely for myself here, I’m perfectly okay with it. Blizzard have been asked time and again to provide classic servers, have refused, and so they’ve pretty much left it open for others to step in and profit from it. You can debate the legality of it all you like, but at the end of the day, if people want to play vanilla WoW, they will do. If Blizzard choose not to profit from it, more fool them.

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Chris Brown-DeMoreno

Why on earth would a business create a product that directly competes with their own product? That’s what would happen here. I think it has less to do with Blizzard caring and more to do with the fact that they know it’ll hurt current WoW (and also give them another thing to needlessly support). I don’t blame Blizzard for this and as someone who doesn’t care enough about WoW to really have an opinion on the content, this doesn’t bother me outside of the fact that it sucks the guy wasted so much time.

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Dreema

That actually makes a lot of sense. I was reading recently that the Elder Scrolls 6 is being delayed because its developers don’t want it to have a negative effect on the Elder Scrolls Online.

Ah well, we always have the unofficial servers to play on if Blizzard won’t give us official ones.

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Rottenrotny

Screw you Blizzard. Launch classic servers or I’ll continue to play on emulated ones.

Luckily, there are several others. I’m personally waiting on one in particular that’s releasing later this year.

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Rottenrotny

Sounds about right.

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Oleg Chebeneev

They dont spend anything on legal fees. They shut down both Nostalrius and Felmyst just by sending them a warning letter.

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Utakata

You have already asserted Mark “The Other Internet Warlord” Kern’s Twit quote as the “truth” without evidence or citation. As he has produced no numbers or documentation to back up his claim.

Nor have you explained in any compelling and convincing way why it is that Mr. Oleg has “absolutely zero understanding of how the legal profession works.” So begging the question then, how does it work? I presume this is your field of expertise?

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Dreema

Funnily enough, I actually work for a firm of solicitors, so yes I’d say it’s far more my field of expertise than his.

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Utakata

As a janitor, mail room person or as an actual lawyer? The formers do not qualify you as a legal expert.

Also how do you know what Oleg does with for living that disqualifies his position over yours?

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Utakata

Edit: Not sure why this comment was edited as it was critical of why my questions and concerns where not being properly addressed by Dreema. I don’t believe it was in any violation of the code of conduct here. But I guess hey, whatever. :(

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Dreema
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Utakata

With that, you are then declaring you have no legal expertise in this matter beyond the trolling. That’s good to know.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Are you trying to say that spent millions on writing a letter?

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Dreema

Are you trying to say it costs millions to launch a classic server?

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Oleg Chebeneev

Why you are trying to derail conversation? If you are self proclaimed expert, enlighten us with your knowledge and tell us how writing a letter is such expensive matter?

And since Im pretty sure you have zero understanding how making a server works, I’ll tell you. It takes years of daily work of experienced team to do all the scripting. And Blizzard will have to do same work as private server developers since they now dont have original code. Then they’ll have to spend money on hardware for new servers and hire GMs to support them. So yeah, it might very well take several millions dollars to launch legacy servers.

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Dreema

They have the original code. And it certainly didn’t cost the private server crowd millions to launch their servers.

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zeko_rena

Yeah so maybe if people stopped setting up ****ing private servers then they would actually setup a vanilla one

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Tamanous

Correlation is not causation.

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Rottenrotny

The small amount of $ that would go into launching classic servers is not a concern for multi-billion dollar company like Blizzard.
They could put up classic servers last year with a skeleton Dev/GM/QA/CS crew and it would barely affect anything else going on in the company. All the content already exists.
The only foreseeable outcome from that scenario would be a bunch of happy players.

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Dreema

Quoted for truth.

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Utakata

…no, more likely quoted for the alternative fact. o.O

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AussieEevee

Yeah… Not surprised one bit.

Go play on the official servers, and stop being idiots.

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birini

On the one hand, I agree. Not liking the law doesn’t allow you to break. On the other, I hate what Blizzard and WoW have become and refuse to give them my money. So I choose not be an idiot but not play. If they put up an official vanilla sever, I’d re-sign up immediately.

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starbuck1771

Your way is correct . However as long as their are idiots out their trying to force the issue and all those illegal servers are running Activision/Blizzard will not cave to criminals.

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Rottenrotny

Nope.

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Bruno Brito

I was just waiting for this to appear here.

Let’s go.

Gummy is a good developer, but he clearly lacks common sense. He was completely focused on launching inside NA because he believed “nothing would happened”. He didn’t realize the hype nor the size of his own project.

The wowservers reddit is a mess as of right now, and i’m laughing hard about all of this circus.

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Brother Maynard

What I really got from this article is the fact that draenei dental anatomy makes no sense. Their canines are too far apart and they have way too many incisors. They also lack any lower canine teeth, which means they can’t bite off meat efficiently, especially with their huge number of incisors and the weird placement of upper canines. While at the same time the latter are well developed for non-orcish humanoids and their molars seem to be too few and far behind other teeth for a proper herbivore.

So: what do those draenei eat, anyway?!