Call of Duty: Black Ops limited to one dedicated server option

Just when PC gamers thought that they had reclaimed the Call of Duty series, they learned on Friday that they had been let down once again. As reported by IGN, Activision and Treyarch announced an exclusive deal making GameServers.com the only dedicated server provider for Call of Duty: Black Ops when the game launches in November.

According to the GameServers pre-order page, players wishing to purchase a dedicated server will be required to shell out $14.95 a month for an 18 maximum player limit on ranked servers. Unranked servers will cost $0.99 a month per player up to maximum of 24, with Teamspeak support costing an additional fee. Discounts will be offered for a 3, 6, and 12 month prepay.

"We are extremely excited about this unprecedented relationship with Activision to offer dedicated servers exclusively for Black Ops", said GameServers CEO David Aninowsky. "We are placing a great amount of pressure on ourselves to ensure that we exceed any and all expectations."

Commenting on the announcement, Treyarch Community Manager Josh Olin said that the partnership allows for high-quality private servers, adding in that Treyarch-hosted dedicated will stay free. The statement reiterates a recent comment by Treyarch Studio Head Mark Lamia that the online component of the game will always be free.

"If players want to run a dedicated Ranked or Unranked server on the PC, they will have to rent one through GameServers," said Olin.

"Treyarch will be providing a fleet of 'Day-1 Servers' (through GameServers) which will be up and operational on November 9th. Nobody will have to rent a dedicated server through GameServers in order to play the game, but for anybody who wants to run their own server, it will be run from GameServers.com."

Call of Duty: Black Ops is set to hit store shelves on November 9 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and PC.

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I'm so glad I'm a console player.

I'll be shelling out my $64.19 happily, right along with my gold subscription to xbox live because I, unlike what seems to be the most of the vapid whiny video game community, still love video games.
I make enough to not care about shelling out an extra $10 on a map pack, which in all honesty, coming from the released map packs of W@W, contains some of the most inspiring and beautifully rendered maps on the market today.

I agree with some of the statements about MW2. It is an incredibly unbalanced game and catered completely towards the casual players, but from what I've read over Black Ops, delivering a balanced and fair system of play seems to be Treyarch's main focus. They listened to all the sniveling and bitching from forums over MW2 and they set out to fix that mistake.

And for the person who said that CoD W@W was the series worst installment, clearly you never played Call of Duty 3.

PC gamers will never be happy and will always look for something to complain about.

If I understand this correctly, it means I can't host a private match unless I rent a server from GameServers. That's pathetic! When I read news of dedicated servers returning with Call of Duty: Black Ops, I was really excited... but after reading this, I'm truly disgusted.

I've already made the decision to play Call of Duty games on the X360; however, I feel cheated that the decision was made to make GameServers.com the exclusive provider of Black Ops dedicated servers. I was hoping this game would bring back Call of Duty PC gaming back to the standards that were upheld by Call of Duty 4.

All you ass clowns that say they wont part with there $$$ or £££ talk a load of **** tbh.
You will be first in line for this re-textured MW2 clone.
You are all mugs.
To all you console tits.... yes you are tits.... anyone can play a console FPS when the machine aims for you, no skill lamers. lol. Having the option to run your own server gives you options. Which the big corps dont want you to have..... think for yourself for once instead of eating the same turd game..... Halo is another. Same **** different day.

WAKE UP.

Stup0t said,
All you ass clowns that say they wont part with there $$ or £££ talk a load of **** tbh.
You will be first in line for this re-textured MW2 clone.
You are all mugs.
To all you console tits.... yes you are tits.... anyone can play a console FPS when the machine aims for you, no skill lamers. lol. Having the option to run your own server gives you options. Which the big corps dont want you to have..... think for yourself for once instead of eating the same turd game..... Halo is another. Same **** different day.

WAKE UP.

People like you should never be allowed to play video games again.

I'll be stealing this game just for spite. It's ridiculous and for all you unthinking fanboys, there is NO argument to defend this, there SHOULD be the OPTION to run your own server. You paid for it, why not? The ONLY reason is to fleece you of more money. If you don't understand this you are only kidding yourselves and stop trying to bring others around to your flawed support of greedy companies that laugh at you for defending them. Wake the F up.

Hahaiah said,
I'll be stealing this game just for spite. It's ridiculous and for all you unthinking fanboys, there is NO argument to defend this, there SHOULD be the OPTION to run your own server. You paid for it, why not? The ONLY reason is to fleece you of more money. If you don't understand this you are only kidding yourselves and stop trying to bring others around to your flawed support of greedy companies that laugh at you for defending them. Wake the F up.
Paid for what exactly? You pay for the features listed on the box. No dedicated server listed on the box? You didn't pay for it. Quite simple really.

Hahaiah said,
I'll be stealing this game just for spite. It's ridiculous and for all you unthinking fanboys, there is NO argument to defend this, there SHOULD be the OPTION to run your own server. You paid for it, why not? The ONLY reason is to fleece you of more money. If you don't understand this you are only kidding yourselves and stop trying to bring others around to your flawed support of greedy companies that laugh at you for defending them. Wake the F up.

Someone needs some legal lessons. Just because you pay for something does not mean you get to do whatever you want with it. Welcome to the real world.

God damn idiots have done it again, you thought they would have learned after the last internet revolt. Screw this company, don't expect them to change from this format in future, lol dedicated yes, but its like saying you can drive any car you like, as long as its a Ford. I really hope this game gets dominated by hackers the same way MW2 is.

linuxboynz said,
God damn idiots have done it again, you thought they would have learned after the last internet revolt. Screw this company, don't expect them to change from this format in future, lol dedicated yes, but its like saying you can drive any car you like, as long as its a Ford. I really hope this game gets dominated by hackers the same way MW2 is.

If effective..

I believe Activision knows PC users will pirate this game so they're going to shaft the entire base by making this move.

I simply won't buy this game and I'll look for something nice on Steam.

Sonic. said,

If effective..

I believe Activision knows PC users will pirate this game so they're going to shaft the entire base by making this move.

I simply won't buy this game and I'll look for something nice on Steam.

+1 though i am still hoping that someone at GameServers leaks the server software

ILikeTobacco said,

+1 though i am still hoping that someone at GameServers leaks the server software

Why in god's hellish name would they do that??

thatguyandrew1992 said,
I think all we can do now, is sit back and PRAY TO THE GODS OF GAMING that Dice does Battlefield 3 right. If they don't, gaming will die.

If you get the MoH Tier 1 Edition you get a Battlefield 3 Beta invite.

I cannot wait to pirate this game now.

Is this not just IW remarketed as 'dedicated servers' and hosted by a game server company. And if you didn't think that was bad enough, you now have to pay for the privelage!?
I guess like others have pointed out, Activision really don't understand that people want dedicated servers for private, possibly offline matches in the lesuire of their own homes.

kaotixkc said,
I cannot wait to pirate this game now.

Is this not just IW remarketed as 'dedicated servers' and hosted by a game server company. And if you didn't think that was bad enough, you now have to pay for the privelage!?
I guess like others have pointed out, Activision really don't understand that people want dedicated servers for private, possibly offline matches in the lesuire of their own homes.

+1

kaotixkc said,
I cannot wait to pirate this game now.

I cannot wait not to pirate this game. It holds no value to me. Those X GB will be put to much use than downloading a CoD game.

kaotixkc said,
I cannot wait to pirate this game now.

Is this not just IW remarketed as 'dedicated servers' and hosted by a game server company. And if you didn't think that was bad enough, you now have to pay for the privelage!?
I guess like others have pointed out, Activision really don't understand that people want dedicated servers for private, possibly offline matches in the lesuire of their own homes.

Fantastic logic. Pirate the game and ignore all the other hard work that's been put into it, be proud.

kaotixkc said,
Is this not just IW remarketed as 'dedicated servers' and hosted by a game server company. And if you didn't think that was bad enough, you now have to pay for the privelage!?

Yes because having a choice of which dedicated server to play on (albeit dedicated servers only available from a single provider) is exactly the same as being thrown into a random game hosted by a client...

kaotixkc said,
I cannot wait to pirate this game now.

Is this not just IW remarketed as 'dedicated servers' and hosted by a game server company. And if you didn't think that was bad enough, you now have to pay for the privelage!?
I guess like others have pointed out, Activision really don't understand that people want dedicated servers for private, possibly offline matches in the lesuire of their own homes.


Failed attempt at making a statement. You really want to make a statement? Do not buy the game and do not pirate the game. They won't get your money and they won't be able to blame piracy.

I hope the release groups take note and agree to not release this in any form. Stop giving them excuses, let the game stand or fail on its own.

zeke009 said,

Failed attempt at making a statement. You really want to make a statement? Do not buy the game and do not pirate the game. They won't get your money and they won't be able to blame piracy.

This was by no means making a statement, I simply wanted to point out I will be pirating this game and not a single penny of my money will go to the developers, regardless of their hardwork and time spent on this product.

That is all.

I hope the release groups take note and agree to not release this in any form. Stop giving them excuses, let the game stand or fail on its own.

zeke009 said,

Failed attempt at making a statement. You really want to make a statement? Do not buy the game and do not pirate the game. They won't get your money and they won't be able to blame piracy.
This is the key to making Activision suffer.
I hope the release groups take note and agree to not release this in any form. Stop giving them excuses, let the game stand or fail on its own.

This is outrageous, let down again by a company that in my eyes is utterly disgusting. Why only one dedicated server company? Have they not learned anything from past experiences, MW2 had serious issues with online play at launch, Gamerservers.com are going to get swamped and go down.

I guarantee we will hear "We couldn't anticipate the demand" the whole PC gaming experience is built around dedicated servers, COD4 has them and it was one of the most successful fps games in history, why do they have an issue now with dedicated servers? - they aren't evil, they actually make a good game great.

I shall be going back to COD4 a proper game, with dedicated servers.

well given that GameServers is not the most secure server company out there, hopefully someone will get in and get the software and release it for everyone.

"We are placing a great amount of pressure on ourselves to ensure that we exceed any and all expectations."

I expect them to provide a ping<50ms server just like a on premises LAN server, but I doubt it when my inputs have to around half an earth to reach there servers, and the feedback then have to go around another half an earth to get back to me....playing over STEAM is already painful enough for me. I think I'll just wait till they crack the server codes....

Field Commander A9 said,
I think I'll just wait till they crack the server codes....
Crack the server codes? What "server codes" are you referring to? They're not releasing the server code to consumers, so there's nothing to crack. Unless by cracking you mean breaking into GameServers.com either physically or virtually and stealing a copy of the dedicated server software.

Wow, good thing the rest of the gaming consumers aren't as uptight as you. I love SC2, and the no LAN thing is BS... Everyone has internet, do you live in the dark ages. Luddite...

RaidenX said,
Wow, good thing the rest of the gaming consumers aren't as uptight as you. I love SC2, and the no LAN thing is BS... Everyone has internet, do you live in the dark ages. Luddite...

"Everyone has internet",yes. But not everyone get a ping that is <200, my avarage ping to steam servers is 3xx ms. now tell me how can you play a fps with a 300 ping!?

Field Commander A9 said,

"Everyone has internet",yes. But not everyone get a ping that is <200, my avarage ping to steam servers is 3xx ms. now tell me how can you play a fps with a 300 ping!?

Who said anything about steam. I was referring to Carson2255 who was complaining about having no LAN for SC2. But if your ping to Steam is >200 then it's time to look for a new ISP, with Shaw my ping is 40-50 ms

RaidenX said,

Who said anything about steam. I was referring to Carson2255 who was complaining about having no LAN for SC2. But if your ping to Steam is >200 then it's time to look for a new ISP, with Shaw my ping is 40-50 ms

With me, the only other option is Version FiOS but I can't afford the switch.

Wont buy another Call of Duty game again, best ones were made by Infinity wards, treyarch does horribly with their versions. Will think twice before i spend money on Activision games, and now blizzard games too, starcraft 2 disappointed me with no LAN, short campaign, lack of new innovative features, new marketing tactic of selling 3 games which should be one, and the login to battle.net everytime I play single player. So to Activision Blizzard, you've lost one of your supporters.

Actually, Word at War was an amazing game after they patched it. Granted, initial release was very rough around the edges. But the patches really rounded the game out. I give JD2020 tons of credit after seeing how he engaged the community in WaW updates and information. I don't remember any blatant lies like the ones 402 spews constantly.

Now, saying Infinity Ward made the best games... the mess that is Modern Warfare 2 is enough to tarnish that image for life.

MW2 was not balanced for Fair Play and the customer. MW2 was balanced for profits and milking console owners.

Edited by zeke009, Sep 13 2010, 4:17pm :

carson2255 said,
Wont buy another Call of Duty game again, best ones were made by Infinity wards, treyarch does horribly with their versions. Will think twice before i spend money on Activision games, and now blizzard games too, starcraft 2 disappointed me with no LAN, short campaign, lack of new innovative features, new marketing tactic of selling 3 games which should be one, and the login to battle.net everytime I play single player. So to Activision Blizzard, you've lost one of your supporters.

Ummmm 3 games that should be one? Thats way to much content for one game. The other two will be x-pacs, any other RTS does this its ok. The story was a good length, then they had challenegs and great online play. So what about lan just hop on the internet and host a private game. I feel like after seeing comments about some things that PC owners feel like they are owed so much stuff. SC2 will be worth every dime when finished and if COD4 was done so well play it.

Sonic. said,
I am raging..

Everything was going just as planned and they took it away from me.

Shouldn't complain, they need to make there millions you know.

Their. They're. There.

Also, this isn't as bad as having no dedicated servers and since they've gone this far I can't imagine them allowing user generated content. Why would they went people pay like $15 for a bad map pack? If they buy it, I'd keep cranking out the same stuff too. I bet it will be a best seller despite the rage you see on the Internet. Halo: Reach will be as well.

Sonic. said,
I am raging..

Everything was going just as planned and they took it away from me.

Just like last time. =~D

Sadly, people playing on PC will buy it anyway no matter how much they whine.

nub said,
Gaming is dead
If you say so. Personally I'm looking forwards to playing Halo Reach, Assassins Creed Brotherhood, Fable 3,Fallout Vagas possible MOH. Those are the few coming in the next couple months and I'm only just catching up on Mass Effect 2 and then Dragon Age.

Personally I think gamings fine and I don't think losing dedicated servers for some titles is the end of FPS. Hell I never much cared for COD before that anyway so consider me not all that bothered, there's other games out there.

nub said,
Amazingly I don't care about any of those games except maybe Assassin's Creed.
Yes, amazing. I'm totally and completely amazed by what you said.

I knew there was reason why I didn't want this game. I just knew Activision was gonna find some way to **** it up like they did MW2.

SharpGreen said,
I knew there was reason why I didn't want this game. I just knew Activision was gonna find some way to **** it up like they did MW2.

Right, because the fact that you can't make your own mods for this game suddenly renders it totally useless and all the work they put into it is for naught, right? People these days...

LiquidSolstice said,

Right, because the fact that you can't make your own mods for this game suddenly renders it totally useless and all the work they put into it is for naught, right? People these days...


No its this stupid policy that this article talks about. I couldn't care less about mods.

Dedicated servers, as in files we can download and host on our own dedicated hardware, have the gaming industry forgotten this as it was done up until about 18 months ago. If they want people to choose their game then they should give choice in return. Activision are terrible and Treyarch are now too allowing such a thing to happen just like IW.

Digitalx said,
Dedicated servers, as in files we can download and host on our own dedicated hardware, have the gaming industry forgotten this as it was done up until about 18 months ago. If they want people to choose their game then they should give choice in return. Activision are terrible and Treyarch are now too allowing such a thing to happen just like IW.

To them its all about control and market cycles. If people can setup there own dedicated servers and play the game forever that will affect the sales of the next ****ty game they release!

Oh and the worst part... the stupid market will keep eating this crap up. He'll I bet they took dedicated servers away in the first place just so they could bring it back in this form.

LOL at all the same bitching and whining. People are going to bitch all on their way to the store and all the way back home, with the game. Here's to you all and to yet another record breaking CoD game...

schiz-o-phren-ic said,
LOL at all the same bitching and whining. People are going to bitch all on their way to the store and all the way back home, with the game. Here's to you all and to yet another record breaking CoD game...

And that is the truly sad-but-true reality, MW2 was by far the worst game of the series but was also by far the best selling.

James Riske said,

And that is the truly sad-but-true reality, MW2 was by far the worst game of the series but was also by far the best selling.

+1

MoH here I come

LMAO typical activision and bobby ********. always about the money never about the better product.

This is why I am not buying this for PS3 like I have for COD4 & MW2 because they treat us like second class citizens compared to xbox. why? probably because MS threw some money bags their way.

JaMDKinG said,
LMAO typical activision and bobby ********. always about the money never about the better product.

This is why I am not buying this for PS3 like I have for COD4 & MW2 because they treat us like second class citizens compared to xbox. why? probably because MS threw some money bags their way.

Did you even read the article? It says nothing against ps3/for xbox. It's really only talking about PC gamers and how they were let down. At least read the article before posting stupid comments.

How do you figure? You console loving noobsticks get worse treatment and LIKE IT or are at least ignorantly apathic, like yourself.

rajputwarrior said,
console versions of this game are better... it's the way it is now.

Umm, if you're an Xbox owner, you're already paying more a month to play online, so PC is still cheaper.

If you're a PS3 owner, then yeah, console versions are "better" in a way still.

First, they can't cut down hackers, don't by into that hype. Where there is a will, there is a way.
Second, people, stop buying this crap and they will stop making it so. Vote with your wallets. The last cod I bought was MW1, and it will be the last until I see a drastic change in the companies policies and way of thinking. I will in no way support such ideals. Missing out on this will be of no importance. It will be like EVERY other shooting game, just like every sports game is basically the same year after year. But if you keep putting money into their wallets and lapping this crap up, they will continue to feed it to you.

shakey said,
First, they can't cut down hackers, don't by into that hype. Where there is a will, there is a way.
Second, people, stop buying this crap and they will stop making it so. Vote with your wallets. The last cod I bought was MW1, and it will be the last until I see a drastic change in the companies policies and way of thinking. I will in no way support such ideals. Missing out on this will be of no importance. It will be like EVERY other shooting game, just like every sports game is basically the same year after year. But if you keep putting money into their wallets and lapping this crap up, they will continue to feed it to you.

+1

shakey said,
First, they can't cut down hackers, don't by into that hype. Where there is a will, there is a way.
Second, people, stop buying this crap and they will stop making it so. Vote with your wallets. The last cod I bought was MW1, and it will be the last until I see a drastic change in the companies policies and way of thinking. I will in no way support such ideals. Missing out on this will be of no importance. It will be like EVERY other shooting game, just like every sports game is basically the same year after year. But if you keep putting money into their wallets and lapping this crap up, they will continue to feed it to you.

At least server admin can ban hackers. This game might not take steps to cut down the sheer number of hackers, but at least there will be hacker-free servers with admins that perma-ban.

Peter Griffin said,
At least server admin can ban hackers. This game might not take steps to cut down the sheer number of hackers, but at least there will be hacker-free servers with admins that perma-ban.

And that's different from COD4, how?

I'm with Shakey on this one. Had high hopes that TreyArch would be the saving grace for COD (ironic considering their horrid first attempt), but I guess not.

This sucks.... But if it can cut down on the amount of hacked servers I'll be happy. That's one thing that frustrates me about MW2 for PC is hacked servers

Raa said,
Yep, once again PC gamers get the shaft.

This is the exact reason why I refuse to buy Black Ops. That and the fact it costs £44.99 for the basic version, disk and manual only.

-=SEDIN=- said,
LMAO no way in hell would i pay that much

o.O

you sir must not be familiar with pc gaming. that's quite cheap. I remember paying $1.99/slot back in the day for CoD2 and something like $2.99/slot for 100 Tick CS:S server. Price isn't the issue here, its the provider that is the issue here. Anyone who has ever been a serious FPS pc gamer knows how ****ty Gamerservers network has always been, not to mention how they love to overload servers.

mollick2 said,

o.O

you sir must not be familiar with pc gaming. that's quite cheap. I remember paying $1.99/slot back in the day for CoD2 and something like $2.99/slot for 100 Tick CS:S server. Price isn't the issue here, its the provider that is the issue here. Anyone who has ever been a serious FPS pc gamer knows how ****ty Gamerservers network has always been, not to mention how they love to overload servers.

Yup BF2 RANKED servers are still insanely high priced. $14/Month for 18 players is $1.20 a player... CSS running 500 FPS is $2.49 at Game Servers.. I don't mind being limited to 1 server provider as I've been using GameServer.com for almost 8 years and they're a very decent hosting company.

Thats if you want to host the server....I'm sure most people don't actually run the dedicated servers they want to use. ISP's here have always provided them here for free for instance and if you need to have a private game you can book them in advance for free.

I've never paid a cent to play on a dedicated server.

bangbang023 said,

Your math doesn't work.

I'm sorry but isn't 18/14 = 1.28? So I hit 0 instead of an 8, not a single reason to flame on my math. Point being its CHEAP compared to Americas Army 3 "honor" server which is a FREE game, or Counter Strike Source which has been out for what like 5-7 years?

Morphine-X said,
I'm sorry but isn't 18/14 = 1.28? So I hit 0 instead of an 8, not a single reason to flame on my math. Point being its CHEAP compared to Americas Army 3 "honor" server which is a FREE game, or Counter Strike Source which has been out for what like 5-7 years?

/facepalm

It's $14/18player, which is $0.78 per slot.

I want to host a LAN, and host it with a dedicated server in my basement with my friends. Can you not understand this? I will continue to use COD4 because it has this. Just so you know.

ccoltmanm said,
I want to host a LAN, and host it with a dedicated server in my basement with my friends. Can you not understand this? I will continue to use COD4 because it has this. Just so you know.

And what about areas/countries not in USA/EU? Like Australia/NZ? I bet there won't be any GameServers or Treyarch servers hosted there.

If I can't have playable (<150ms ping) multiplayer, I certainly won't be buying the game; infact I might "try" the single player campaign just to spite Activision/Treyarch.