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Gravity is suing some private servers

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--- Quote from: Herpderp on Apr 22, 2022, 08:27 am ---They are desperate and using scare tactics.  /heh
You really think now after decades, they suddenly care? Now that their finances are in the s***, they're suddenly willing to sue pserver owners?  /heh

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Well, they are kind of proficient in taking offline their own servers though xD

Sairek Ceareste:
I won't touch anything with a 100 foot pole that's "official", especially if it is hosted by WarpPortal. Not after getting banned from RE:Start because I "have a very bot-like name".  /swt

Private server owners hosting from their home and volunteering their time without getting paid have more competent and caring staff than a company who is getting paid does. That speaks volumes to me.

Gravity doesn't understand that it's just like the Nintendo and piracy situation - if you want to offer something you need to be "better" than the competition. Nobody is going to pay money for a lesser experience when they can get a better, more authentic experience and service for free. Trying to sue private servers when they set their bar so low is like playing a doomed game of whack-a-mole.

I wouldn't play another official server even if they banned every single private server in existence.
They don't even currently offer a classic server on iRO and their latest failed venture, iRO Transcendence, closed after only a year of being filled with bots, RMT, and cheaters.
Do they just want classic players to play Chaos? No thanks, I'll go back to FFXIV or WoW.

I'm not sure why they posted those news now, when there have been private servers running for 20 years. It would be smarter to go after topsites, and even private server listing here on RMS, than it is to take down private servers. Though, I do expect it would be a DMCA notice instead of a straight lawsuit.

Either way they go at it.. people will still find a forum or community where private servers are advertised. Shutting down big servers will just push their communities to the next best private server. Rarely will they go to official servers.

Opening a private server literally takes a couple of hours of work.. and I imagine they will not be able to take down every server that pops up either.. as many measures can be taken to remain anonymous while hosting one.. especially in the web3 age, thanks to blockchain domains/hosting and crypto payments.

Their best bet is to really come up with a better product. Offer something that private servers are not offering or able to offer.

They need to focus their attention on what killed their official servers in the first place.. which are:

1. Easy to bot
2. No mechanism to ban computers, only accounts.
3. Pay to win
4. Rare GM interaction with players
5. Poor response to player suggestions
6. Inability to encrypt their sprites/files.

It's mind blowing that even after 20 years of private servers, they still have unencrypted grf and clients. If they were to encrypt their 3rd or even 4th job sprites before they released them, maybe people would of been forced to play official servers to enjoy those new classes.. but they failed at that too.

They could of also just focused their attention on their RO2 game... instead of continuing to expand the progression of a 20 years old game, where newbies need to play and/or pay for years in order to catch up and compete with veterans.

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