Blizzard Shuts Down Another World Of Warcraft Nostalgia Server
Blizzard has shut down another World of Warcraft fan server. The Felmyst server – recently in the news – is a fan concoction. The server is very much a nostalgia server, set in WoW’s Burning Crusade expansion era.
In mere days since the news of the server emerges, Blizzard moved in swiftly to shut it down. We know now that a cease and desist letter is sent to the creator of Felmyst, Gummy. In a post in his website, he details the chain of events that lead to the closure. He’s even contemplating sharing the source code with other players for educational purposes. Here’s a quote:
“Therefore, months ago I saw no reason to hand all of our work over to someone I didn’t know when the project had a reasonable chance to stay small enough to avoid the need. Though I have no problem contributing to honest developers, the market to wrongfully profit from this stuff is much too lucrative to hand it out on a whim. Had we time to smooth out the release, this certainly would have been something to explore. The warning signs to expect notice from Blizzard were there but receiving it that quickly was something I don’t think many expected.”
So what’s the key takeaway from this? It’s that making nostalgia servers under Blizzard’s nose is a risky idea. While the intentions are no doubt good, Blizzard obviously sees it different. They’ve sat down with creators like these in the past
and have stated they think it’s a good idea. But in no way are they prepared to not monetize it.