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Tuesday, 14 September 2010 09:54

Black Ops servers will cost PC players

Written by David Stellmack
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Dedicated server program run by GameServers.com
Call of Duty: Black Ops players on the PC will have dedicated servers to play on, but apparently Activision has ripped a page out of the Electronic Arts playbook and has moved to a server provider model, which will see GameServers.com as the exclusive provider of servers (both ranked and unranked) for Black Ops.

The news hit today that GameServers.com is already starting to take pre-orders for servers both ranked and unranked. In the U.S. players will be able to get a ranked Black Ops server for $14.95 per month or an unranked Black Ops server for .99 cents per slot with a 24-slot max.

The company is offering locations in Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia, so it would appear that they have a number of locations from which to serve up the Black Ops action for PC players. The announcement of the dedicated server provider program for Black Ops now could cast into doubt the possibility of public release of the server files to the general public.

Currently, no additional details have been released, but our sources tell us that with the prices that GameServers.com is charging, no one is getting rich on this offering. As another competing provider that we spoke with told us, “The cost of the servers and the bandwidth is, of course, high to run these types of FPS gaming servers; and at the pricing they are charging it is difficult to see how they are going to make much money offering it.”

Treyarch has claimed that the decision to go with an exclusive provider gives the company better control to deal with cheaters and offers better security. The rental servers will all offer those that purchase them the ability to kick, ban and configure a number of the settings. Ranked servers will have a set configuration that customers will be unable to modify.

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+24 #1 djnoob 2010-09-14 10:13
First of all, the title of the article is misleading. You make it sound like either A) paying for dedicated servers is sometthing new, it's not or B) that they are somehow expense...which as you noted in the article they're not.

Second, this news didn't break today. We knew this information almost two weeks ago. The mp reveal with Sept 1st and then over the next couple of days the situation with GS.com was detailed.

FYI, the max player counts are not final. That information is per treyarch.
 
 
-2 #2 thematrix606 2010-09-14 23:07
Quoting djnoob:
First of all, the title of the article is misleading. You make it sound like either A) paying for dedicated servers is sometthing new, it's not or B) that they are somehow expense...which as you noted in the article they're not.

Second, this news didn't break today. We knew this information almost two weeks ago. The mp reveal with Sept 1st and then over the next couple of days the situation with GS.com was detailed.

FYI, the max player counts are not final. That information is per treyarch.


Actually the title means: "In order to have dedicated servers, SACRIFICE PC PLAYERS! MWUAhahahaha."
 
 
0 #3 semitope 2010-09-15 05:54
The benefits they claim are always crap. Without the model the same benefits would exist; this just gives them more control over the game and what players can do with it. BFBC2 is certainly not doing great on the PC (no staying power) with the way it works. At least from seeing the number of empty servers.
 
 
0 #4 djnoob 2010-09-15 10:12
Quoting semitope:
The benefits they claim are always crap. Without the model the same benefits would exist; this just gives them more control over the game and what players can do with it. BFBC2 is certainly not doing great on the PC (no staying power) with the way it works. At least from seeing the number of empty servers.


The lack of people playing BC2 has nothing to do with the servers. The biggest issue is the lack of new content. People are just sick of the maps. There are a host of other small issues that just add up to people being frustrated and leaving.
 
 
0 #5 GrumpyOldMan 2010-09-15 15:11
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Wow. Guess the Steam Platform was a anamoly. Some tard on another forum is flaming me because I said something bad(?) about Treyarch vs IW.

Guy even says "Treyarch did better MP server support than IW"

To which, I stared blankly into the heavens to think of how to counter that. Best I leave subjects like that to the more informed lol.

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