Black Desert Online cracking down on private servers to community’s dismay

    
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The folks at Kakao Games and Pearl Abyss have announced via an official forum post from GM Rhotaaz that they’re cracking down on Black Desert Online private servers, much to the displeasure of the community. In the post, GM Rhotaaz writes, “We consider the operation of private servers to be an infringement of our copyright and we will be taking measures to protect our interests and the interests of the Black Desert Online community.” In addition to actively working to shut down private servers (via legal action if necessary), the devs will be implementing a Client Authentication System, intended to ensure that players are using the only the official client to connect only to official servers, starting on November 7th.

The community response to this announcement has been less than enthused, to say the least. Replies to the official post are largely critical of the developers, with many suggesting — both with and without copious expletives — that players wouldn’t need to seek out private servers if the developers actually listened to the community’s concerns and addressed their complaints appropriately. While it’s not unusual for MMO developers to try to stamp out private servers, for obvious reasons, it seems to have struck a particularly raw nerve within the BDO community.

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Diego Lindenmeyer

give us the moneiiiiiiiiii

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Santiago Draco

I think it’s humorous to see people act like this is “legal” and it’s “ok” to have a private server. Entitlement in action.

It’s not and they have every right to go after these thieves.

That said I think it points to a bigger problem that they need to look at, aside from people not wanting to “pay”.

But at the end of the day it’s illegal and unfortunate. Not one person here would feel any differently if it was their game being hijacked.

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Fisty

But people bought the game, that doesn’t require a subscription. Seems about illegal as speeding to me.

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Santiago Draco

It’s copyright infringement, that’s illegal.
They are taking customers away from their servers, customers who might spend money on transactions, that’s also illegal.
It’s reverse engineering for the purposes of infringement, that’s also illegal.

Pretty cut and dried.

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Cosmic Cleric

No, its not. The customer has the right when they purchase the client to use. There’s no law that says they have to use it only one one specific server. That would be like using Microsoft Word to only be able to save your documents to a licensed official Microsoft server only.

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Santiago Draco

And still wrong….

You bought a license to play the game. You agreed to the TOS when you purchased. By using the client to connect and play from an illegal server you are:
1. Violating the TOS you agreed to. This is a contract. You are legally bound by it.
2. If you use software you did NOT purchase (ie you got the client from someone else) then you are committing copyright infringement and are breaking the law.
3. If you are using the client that you “licensed” (you did NOT purchase the software/code/etc) then you are impacting the financial income of the legal owner of the game and are also breaking the law.

Play whatever mental gymnastics you want you are still breaking the law however you shake it.

That said there’s very little chance you will ever be prosecuted for it but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s illegal.

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Cosmic Cleric

Play whatever mental gymnastics you want you are still breaking the law however you shake it.

Breaking a TOS is not against the law, is not criminal. You can lose your acct with the TOS owner, and that’s it. No police, no jail.

Connecting to a private server, when you were not paying to login to the original server anyway, or original server no longer exists, is not depriving money to anyone.

According to the courts, we own the client software.

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Kartha Shanoji

Trion tried to go against only one private server and they did absolutely nothing. Nothing happened, the server is based in Russia. It’s still standing and attracting players to it, maybe the whole playerbase moved to it. Since a lot of people say the official server is already dead. Close to zero people in pvp areas.
This feels like the same thing. They could say they are going for them but no change.

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Armsbend

The difference being that Trion wasn’t good at anything they ever did.

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tiltowait

I always figured they were on shaky legal ground as it was, installing XIGNCODE on peoples computers to spy on what -else- the user is doing other than playing BDO. If that’s not highly illegal, it should be.

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zuldar

They’re well within their rights to do so. That said, they’re just going to be playing an endless game of whack-a-mole. New servers will just eventually popup, possibly in places the law can’t reach.

Private servers are usually just a symptom of a bigger issue with the game so it might not be a bad idea to look to why players are gravitating to private servers in the first place and see if anything can be reasonably done to resolve those issues.

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Armsbend

If this were my game, and I found out the community was dismayed at the prospect of shutting down their blatant theft, I’d console them with a cease and desist and then sue them.

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Bruno Brito

And then brace yourself for the impending shitstorm.

PA was largely incompetent in all of this. I’m not excusing this behavior but…you know what, screw this. I am. I would prefer to eat lead than to pay one buck to this shitshow of a game.

So, whatever. Any company that likes to P2W the hell out of their games should eat a bag of dicks in my view.

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Santiago Draco

On this I agree. As I said in other posts it’s still illegal but there’s a reason I quit long ago, same with Archeage. These companies are scumbags.

Still illegal though regardless. Will I shed a tear? Nope!

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Mousethetank

It’s not actually about not paying, evidently the private servers have fixed or rolled back many of the recent changes that pearl abyss have made and promised to keep updating but then abandoned.

They have also reacted with speed and decisiveness about this issue, but have let several other issues go for quite a long time without addressing them.

Whether those points are true or not, I personally don’t know as I play on the main servers, but it has brought several issues that have been ongoing for months to the top of discussion again.

I am also leary about any security changes they make, as I have to admit I can’t believe they can tell whether the client is good just through internet time settings in windows.

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Santiago Draco

Of course they acted with speed…. it’s money taken right out their pocket books assuming some of those players on the illegal servers would have played on the real servers.

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Indigo Salma

I guess they see that people are jumping ship since they keep doing stupid choices.
But they don’t plan on changing anything, and just try to keep people from playing anything else.

Yea, good luck with that….

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Uh? Are these servers trying to recreate some earlier era of the game… which isn’t all that old… or just a dodge to avoid paying?

I mean, we’ve seen the demographic here in the comments that believe every pirate/private server is simply a way to dodge paying, so if somebody is actually doing that, screw them.

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Khrome

It’s not just about avoiding the stupidly overpriced and predatory cash shop.

It’s also about how some of these private servers have fixed bugs and made minor game improvements – For free, without getting paid a cent, with very limited resources – Where the main developer has been simply ignoring those same bugs since the Korean alpha.

The communities are also much more tight knit since they’re not built around cash shop purchases, but around actual cooperation and competition, both of which are artifically and severely limited in the official version.

And so on.

Private servers are, in general, a bad thing. However, it says a lot about a publisher/developer that they are willing to spend significant resources on making sure you cant play on them, rather than spending the time and effort on fixing the problems that caused players to go to private servers in the first place.

THAT is why the community is not amused.

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Emiliano Lozada

Kakao/PA aren’t saints but neither are these private servers from what I understand since the people working on them aren’t actually doing it for free as they are getting paid to do so. Which is well. . . a big no no.

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Sean Smith

It’s just a dodge. All the posturing is just covering the fact that players can get pearl items for free on the private servers.

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Armsbend

No one is buying their bullshit.

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Emiliano Lozada

That would be true if there wasn’t a premium plan associated to the 2 private servers. I believe it was $20 USD a month.

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Tandor

I can’t see why anyone would be surprised or concerned about this, or why anyone choosing to use an unauthorised private server wouldn’t see it coming.

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Alexander DeLarge

No one’s surprised but there’s no way in hell the people who play on these servers are going to play on theirs without massive changes to their scummy monetization.

If they came out and said “we’ll be enforcing our rights to the intellectual property but we’re going to be introspective over the next couple weeks and address what made these alternatives popular in the first place starting with X, Y and Z” you’d be seeing a very different reaction.

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Loopy

Problem is that the players don’t have any RIGHT to play the game under the monetization model they WANT. That’s not how commerce works. If they don’t like the financial model BDO offers or their “scummy monetization”, then they need to move on to a different game – not steal its property.