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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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.

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.

Shortyg34 said,
why is it such a big deal ?
i play all COD games on my Xbox 360 and things are perfect for the most part

whats the big deal about a pc server ?

Do they understand that they can still play online matches the same way console players do?

Shortyg34 said,
why is it such a big deal ?
i play all COD games on my Xbox 360 and things are perfect for the most part

whats the big deal about a pc server ?

While gaming on your 360, have you ever wished there was an admin to kick some annoying little turd? The 360 is not immune to hacks, ever come across one and wished there was an admin to kick them? On the PC there was always this opportunity. In addition to that there was always the option to change some spawn times, map rotations, and other settings to increase or decrease the gameplay depending on your preference. You had choice. Now this implementation is light years better than what CoD MW2 was. The uproar might be more hard feelings over the MW2 debacle and the lies IW/402 told PC gamers leading up to its launch.

The other problem, PC gamers don't want to play the same as console users. You don't get a choice, you can't join your friends on a server of your choice and you can't build a community around "lets hope we end up together on the same server".

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??

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.

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.

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.

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.

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