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Battle.net Going Down Forces Hundreds of Gamers from Their Games

Battle.net Going Down Forces Hundreds of Gamers from Their Games

What happens when Battle.net goes down? Several users found out yesterday that they end up being no better off than those that snagged pirated versions of games like StarCraft 2.

“How do I play when Battle.Net is down?” Asked one Battle.net user. The answer came from another, “you don’t”

That was just a small sampling from a thread off of the battle.net forums. It is the latest example of how copy protection hurts legitimate users.

Amusingly, this happened just shortly after PCPro said how StarCraft 2 was pirate free (which is not if you know about the release group “Reloaded” as well as razor1911)

Still, this centralization did not happen by accident. Blizzard has been fighting against unauthorized gaming servers for years. In World of Warcraft’s terms of service, it explicitly states:

2. Additional License Limitations.

The license granted to you in Section 1 is subject to the limitations set forth in Sections 1 and 2 (collectively, the “License Limitations”). Any use of the Service or the Game Client in violation of the License Limitations will be regarded as an infringement of Blizzard’s copyrights in and to the Game. You agree that you will not, under any circumstances:

A. use cheats, automation software (bots), hacks, mods or any other unauthorized third-party software designed to modify the World of Warcraft experience;

In 2008, Blizzard shut down several unauthorized gaming servers saying that it was a DMCA violation. Actions such as this has even sparked a petition which came close to collecting 3000 signatures.

So now we have a situation where if one server service goes down, many cannot play their games they more than likely legally paid for as far as StarCraft 2 is concerned (since the cracked versions cannot play multiplayer yet). When Battle.net goes down like what happened yesterday, users are no better off than those that have cracked versions of their games. Why doesn’t Blizzard allow for private servers then? If it is possible to make multiplayer service more reliable, then why not allow for private servers? If it’s cheating that is a concern, then maybe Blizzard needs to put some server-side software that would stop such things from happening. It’s clear people are more than happy to run these servers without charging Blizzard for service fees.

Ultimately, there is only two possible outcomes for DRM – either it screws over legitimate customers or it is completely useless. I’ve yet to see a case where it is neither and you can bet I’ve seen a fair share where it is both.

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Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson is perhaps one of the more well-known file-sharing and technology news writers around. A journalist in the field since 2005, his work has had semi-regular appearances on social news websites and even occasional appearances on major news outlets as well. Drew founded freezenet.ca and still contributes to ZeroPaid. Twitter | Google Plus
toxic farts
toxic farts

been w/out internet for over 30 days and now i cant play my $60 game. eff all you punks who think blizzard is justified for this bs. its lose/lose/lose for the devs,the customers, and all pc gamers with these fail antipiracy tactics. for $60 this game should give me a 'latte' or a handjob whenever i want much less private servers and unlimited offline play. u pussies who think greedy companies have the right to bend u over a barrell for use of thier product need to grow a pair...all it does is increase piracy, diminish future sales, and spurn future develpment of pc games...idiots

Moose
Moose

Down again~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I only get to play like an hour or two a day because I only have internet when I'm at the coffee shop. Dial up doesn't allow me the luxury of dungeons, BGs nor raids, and I get NO achievements on SC2 when I'm offline. If I'm paying this much money for this crap, at least make it reliable or tell me WHY the website isn't working.

Internets
Internets

Who the fuck doesn't have internet nowadays. You can go to Mcdonalds and get it for free. Or steal it from your neighbors.

KZ
KZ

I bought the game at $60. I am a casual players and only play online multiplayers when playing with friends. I spent 80% of time on singleplayer since I only play it for relaxation during my long plane hours between business trip. But this time Blizzard really screw it with their Bnet constantly not working and it leaves me with no choice but to download a priated copy of SC2. My experience of the priated copy is simply amazing. Not only that theres a huge community support (my query is answered within 5 min, versus Blizzard's 5 working days), but the game works perfectly and suits my needs. I do not have to get Blizzard's permission at the end of every month to play offline and this leaves me alot less trouble and more time for other things. Now all I play is the priated copy, I've uninstalled the original I bought.

LawlZors
LawlZors

You guys are all retarded. SC2 has never been about the single player, the single player is completely pointless compared to the glory that is multiplayer. and guess what, without B-Net you can't play multi player even if you could log into the game anyways, thus making being able to or not being able to log in while the server is down completely meaningless. And before you get started, they made battlenet needed for multiplayer so all matches are kept track of and ranked on ladders. Oh and, it doesn't matter if you boycott blizzard, they make enough money from korea along to support a huge industry.

TK
TK

I was on a trip in another city when i bought sc2 and loaded it on my laptop. Worked and played fine. I've come home now and started using my desktop to log into battle-net with my sc2 battle net account. I loaded the game client and attempted to download but it says i dont have "authorization". I checked and it seems that battle net checks your location and computer when you download, update and play the game. If its tried elsewhere, it wont give authorization to download it...even if the keyed account from battle net is logged into that location/computer... so yah... no idea what to do with this crap security feature :\

LegitAndLockedOut
LegitAndLockedOut

Battle.net is down again. Pity you can't apply DRM to the money you spend on games with unreliable servers. That way when you can't use a product you've paid for your cash contribution can freeze.

Tom Merritt
Tom Merritt

This would be a great vehicle for a Class Action Lawsuit. Everyone gets seventeen cents back, and the lawyers get ten million. Does anyone know a greedy lawyer? Does anyone know a lawyer who's NOT greedy? (didn't think so.) I bought this game yesterday (9/20/2010). I've been looking forward to it for 12 years. I was a bit disappointed that except for some very pretty cut scenes, it's the exact same game as the old one, only in higher res. The REALLY interesting thing is that it's still a whole lot of fun. I've been in the IT business since the '60s (before anyone called it IT, and many years before the PC). I've played just about every game since Pong. This is the single most intrusive piece of software I've ever seen in ANY genre. On top of that, it doesn't WORK!. I spent about 20 minutes yesterday watching updates say "less than 2 minutes remaining". I got another "less than 2 minute" update today, WHILE THE SERVERS WERE DOWN. Folks, this is a brand new release. Blizzard must subscribe to the Microsoft theory: Pack and ship crap, then debug it on the customer's PC. At my age, I have absolutely no interest in going online and having you kids whomp my butt. I just want to use the $60 product I bought yesterday. I suspect Blizzard wants to make this a franchise (a'la Dragon Age, et al) and gobble everyone's dollars over many subsequent releases. I hope you guys all stand together and tell them to go to hell.

Aaron
Aaron

I don't know about the gaming side of things. Where I live, as a measure of Anti piracy ( to music and videos ... not sure about games) All Data storage devices, from floppy disks, to CD to usb whatever has a mark up that goes towards **piracy damages** and right now i am in the annoying situation of watching my friend play sc2 pirated version offline.. while I'm stuck here waiting for bnet to come back to life. also i did register my account and make a user or w/e and i still CANNOT play online it just keeps telling me to resister for offline use which i have done and create a user which i have also done wtf....

Renier
Renier

Just bought SC2. Can't play. Presumably 'cause server down. Was looking forward to D3, but won't even bother now. I really hope Blizzard's wheels come grinding to a painful halt and they disappear from the gaming scene. Absolutely pathetic.

John John
John John

This is really stupid that Starcraft II has to verify with battle.net if you can play it or not when you paid for the damn game. It is definetly the LAST blizzard game that I do buy, the damn pirated version of StarCraft II is working fine.

Eddie
Eddie

Down again. Shit sucks. If this isn't proof positive that DRM screws over the customer far more than the pirate then I don't know what is. My buddy is laughing at me right now as he plays his pirate copy of SCII while I'm sitting here stuck at a can't connect to b.net screen. Awesome. Makes me so glad I bought this stupid game.

Al
Al

I have to say, most of you don't understand pirating. The reason people say pirating is so bad is because they try and account for all pirating as if it all would have been purchased software, and I must say it is not. The geek at home that has every playstation game on his computer with an emulator, never would have bought Barbies dreamhouse game period. I played the full single player of SC2 from a pirated version and because I liked it, I bought it, end of story. I am the type of person that will buy a game I like, and I wouldn't if I don't like it. If I couldn;t have tried this game for free I can guarantee you I never would have bought it. SOOOOO, where is that figured in, pirating actually got me to purchase a game I wouldnt have. And I am not a rarity, believe me. They don't factor that in with the costs. I am telling you the whole thing about pirating costing millions is a farce. Its based upon flimsy theoretical statistics that aren't true. If they truly want to stop pirating what they need to do is work on ways to motivate people to buy something, not ways to hurt the customer as little as possible while trying to seriously harm a pirater. These guys are good they'll never win. When you buy software too you should own it, if I had to call a company every 30 days to reserve my right turn on my car and drive I would not find that acceptable. Its their problem software is so easily copied. Its a shame but deal with it. Make it cheaper too and you'd sell more, split it up into packages and sell each at 10 bucks, which they are allready doing in a sense but at 60 bucks each. They need to look into how to sell their product better not how to "force" someone to have to buy it or go to jail.

Alex
Alex

Is it just me? or did this article JUST become valid!?!?!?! Can't log on nor play. 3:40 PST

bnethost
bnethost

If you know anyone that has a battle.net clan and needs hosting link them my site :).

Ghost_24
Ghost_24

Why is this down? I would love to actually get some feedback as to why they go down instead of just a popup saying battle.net is down. How long? for what? if it's for hackers then ban their cd key and their IP address from connecting online. If its from people pirating sc2 then do the same. Honestly, I've played Blizzard games from day one of Warcraft. I've paid for all of them some more than once because damaged or whatnot, but look if you can't AFFORD to BUY these games then GET A JOB! Why do you think America is having this economic crisis? Well pirating things doesn't help, of course gaming companies. Now I do agree that the price of 60$ is a bit excessive, so wait a while or play on your friends computer, but until you can afford the price of almost* Perfect* games, then shut the hell up, grow up, and at the least get a job. Good gaming companies deserve their fair share of profits, I don't agree with the 60$ but I'll pay it for a game that can keep me entertained for years to come. Or until D3 comes out. But yeah If you can't Afford the game, stfu and get a job. :)

Ghost_24
Ghost_24

Why is this down? I would love to actually get some feedback as to why they go down instead of just a popup saying battle.net is down. How long? for what? if it's for hackers then ban their cd key and their IP address from connecting online. If its from people pirating sc2 then do the same. Honestly, I've played Blizzard games from day one of Warcraft. I've paid for all of them some more than once because damaged or whatnot, but look if you can't AFFORD to BUY these games then GET A JOB! Why do you think America is having this economic crisis? Well pirating things doesn't help, of course gaming companies. Now I do agree that the price of 60$ is a bit excessive, so wait a while or play on your friends computer, but until you can afford the price of almost* Perfect* games, then shut the hell up, grow up, and at the least get a job. Good gaming companies deserve their fair share of profits.

Cliff
Cliff

Down right now.. This sucks

Kirk
Kirk

DOWN AGAIN!!!!

676
676

Blizzard was good in the day, now they are sellouts like every other company. I can't believe I wasted $60 on this garbage game, you can only upload 5 maps at one time, 20MB map size limit, the battle.net system sucks hard when you try to play custom maps. SC2 is looking to me like Blizzard's all time low point, with WotLK being a close second. Blizzard fans need to get the shit out of their ears and realize that Blizzard is fucking them over. WC3 is still way better than SC2. Hell SC1 is better than SC2 in multiplayer terms. I believe that ALL forms of art are FREE and should ALWAYS be free. INCLUDING Games, greedy shit companies like this piss me off, I pay for my fair share of games as I do borrow/download. I pay for companies that I support, and download the ones that are greedy ass-bags. And I feel that is probably the typical logic for people who pirate games. I have never once pirated an indie game, they deserve the money, oh and hey, they don't put anti-piracy shit on their games. So FUCK YOU Blizzard, when you get you shit together, I MIGHT play Heart of the swarm, till then keep sucking Activision's dick, they might give you another million or so brainless fans.

sc
sc

you can still play offline when theres no internet. seriously how do people not know this.

Chris
Chris

This is just wrong lmao, you can authenticate the copy and play offline... Another thing is you can test maps without an internet conenction. It is so funny that this article go so much publicity when its just simply not true

English
English

"As far as piracy goes, why the he’ll would blizzard make epic games for free?" "why the he'll", lol. Funniest English mistake I've seen in a while.

World Anarchy
World Anarchy

I'm not sure if anyone else remembers this, but there was once a Warcraft III mod for Starcraft - made by fans, which had orcs instead of protoss, humans instead of terrans, and a demon race instead of zerg. Like most mods, it could be downloaded for free. Blizzard compelled the site hosting the mod to close. With that kind of attitude... I guess I shouldn't be surprised by their recent decisions. A pity all the same.

Warfen
Warfen

Well its down now

Normal Person
Normal Person

Is battle.net down now? I've been trying all day to get in...

Bob
Bob

I just hope they fix it soon so I can play :( Cuzz I love sc2!

Ren
Ren

@Howard Beale "Would you make poor people pay for a sunset?" Yes, you do pay for a good quality sun set. When those resorts blocks all the good spots, you have to pay in order to enjoy sunset, which the poor can't get to. So make sure you pay enough tax and local government doesn't give your beach parks away to resort builders.

Cybertrip
Cybertrip

Give me a break, blizzard is the king of game developers. I doubt battle.net will be down anymore than your ISP that occasionally goes out. As far as piracy goes, why the he'll would blizzard make epic games for free? Your entertainment value is greater than taking your family to a movie and much cheaper.

Howard Beale
Howard Beale

@observer I don't have the money to buy it. 'Or would you rather download a pirate copy?' Capitalist world, you're damn right I would.... The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. To think that there is art that only rich people can enjoy, breaks my heart. Would you make poor people pay for a sunset? Capitalist pig. Oh noes, someones enjoying/stealing my game/product without authorization/paying.....

observer
observer

Game companies have been fighting for years against software pirates to try and make money from their investments... and this is what it has come down to. Instead of complaining that Blizzard has implemented this system.. .why don't you whinge against the pirates that for decades have ripped off the people/companies who make this possible? Or would you rather download a pirate copy?

Incredulous
Incredulous

Battle.net is down again. I just paid $63 dollars for this game because I wanted to play it during a trip. When I am at home, I can't play any games because I simply don't have time. This purchase was going to entertain me for the next three days and guess what... Site DOWN AGAIN! What an ridiculous requirement. Blizzard is not getting any more money from me. Period.

James
James

I thought a Korean company owned Blizzard...?

We're In A Lot Of Trouble
We're In A Lot Of Trouble

You know, this is exactly why I'm not going to develop games for PC. I'm going to school for game design right now. I won't release a single thing for PC, if I can. It's not because I'm greedy, either, it's because I want to live off of doing this. I want to make millions, so I can make games that cost millions. The fact is, whether or not I'm banking and then pissing on all the money, or if I'm feeding Africans with it, it's the artist's right to charge for their product. I will say, that I pirate games to try them out, because demos are so rare now. But if I like it, i'll buy it, or write it on a list of games I want, and save up. Instant gratification generation meets ass backwards philosophy = we are doomed.

evergreen
evergreen

"I believe that ALL forms of art are FREE and should ALWAYS be free." Because, clearly, artists don't need to eat or pay rent. Other than that, I agree with you - but the "games / movies / art should be free" argument really doesn't work.

I know
I know

You can't play without getting online. I'm trying it right now. BattleNet is down and it says can not connect. Try playing offline. So I go to play offline and it says... You need to sign in a profile first. Well duh I can't sign in if Battle Net is down. What a stupid system. Fuck them...

676
676

Every 30 days you have to re-authenticate on battle.net even if you only play single player. So, no technically you still cannot play without internet.

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

Authenticating by connecting to a server that is down. That makes perfect sense I'm sure. Anyway, quick research did show that QOS was lacking after reading several comments on other sites. It needed to be said that this system isn't exactly the greatest for boosting the gaming experience. I miss the days when multi-player consisted of two controllers connected to a console and you didn't have to prove your innocence to the developer every couple of minutes. :(

676
676

And by compelled he means threatened with lawsuit. Mods are what keeps games alive long after they are supposed to die and go out of style. Stopping mods shortens any games lifespan. Hell, Bungie ruined an amazing mod called "Halogen" which was a mod for Command and Conquer Generals, which made it a Halo themed RTS. Guess who stole the idea, the failure called "Halo Wars" is what we have now.

We're In A Lot Of Trouble
We're In A Lot Of Trouble

Oh snap, Ren! I didn't know you had to be on a beach to see the sun set. Wow, that's news to me, man. See, cause here i was over here thinking to myself, 'Damn! That sure is a nice sunset i see out there, from the window of my lower middle class apartment. OH WOW! FULL ON DOUBLE SUNSET ALL DE WAY.' I know, it's stupid of me to think I could take in beauty without having to be at a resort. Hell, I guess that's just stupid old consumer me, thinking rationally and all that gay stuff. GAWSH I R SO DUMB.

Lovely
Lovely

So far battle.net has gone down in two months, more times than my ISPs have over 15 years.

Mad Gar
Mad Gar

There is a nice easy way to find out if your right or wrong about this Howard. Do work for free. That's right, that simple. If your able to do it, THEN you have something to stand on when you talk about how other people/companies should produce stuff and not charge for it. Otherwise you sound like "What makes them think I should pay for it? That's only for you other lesser mortals." I don't know about you. But I work to pay the bills and then save for the few things i like to do. If your apatite is bigger then your wallet, then either work harder and smarter, or tighten the belt. But don't tell ME that I should tighten MY belt to feed YOUR apatite.

We're In A Lot Of Trouble
We're In A Lot Of Trouble

Howard, you have to understand how stupid that is, right? What about the artist? Should you not render unto him what is his? If they make a product, it's their right to sell it. Artists sell their paintings all the time, and believe it or not, they sell them for money, not hugs, kisses, or sympathy. Sometimes they charge a lot, too. Also, a sunset is natural art, that doesn't make any sense. None of us made the sunset, none of us own it. Not to mention, even if someone had made it, the fact that most people are forced to view it at one point or another would completely negate any possibility of charging for it. These people make this stuff for money. Not just for you. if people don't buy it, they won't make it. Simple as that. Already PC gaming is dying, with an astounded pirated to legal ratio of something like 11 to 1 or some shit. So let me ask you, should an artist starve? Should be make art, the most beautiful pictures in the world, and lay awake at night, hungry? Cold? If you don't think he should, then let me ask you, exactly where is he going to get his money for food? for a house, heating? What skill might he utilize to better his circumstance?

Xtianlord
Xtianlord

that a b**@#ll shit dude! Everybody can pay 60 bucks nowadays.

Lovely
Lovely

Because it's not the pirates that are directly screwing the paying customers; it's the implementation of DRM by developers which is proven to be ineffective at stopping piracy, but it does adversely affect those who paid for the material. I paid for a game that supposedly has an offline mode, but it doesn't work unless I have internet access to authorize each and everytime I want to play offline. This means it is useless in almost any situation in which one would actually want to play offline (ie. no internet access is available). This is a retarded situation, and now I will need to rely on pirates to fix the problems intentionally implemented by the developers. In other words, DRM provides piracy a legit purpose.

unicode
unicode

" 'games / movies / art should be free' argument really doesn’t work." They invented a solution to that sort of things long ago: public libraries. Everyone pays a flat fee in taxes and can enjoy everything they like. For something that doesn't cost anything to distribute, I think it is wrong to restrict it to the relatively richer people.

D. Bland
D. Bland

I'm glad it's not just my computer F'in up! I can't play offline either and my internet connection is fine. Damn things uts me into a loop where I have to "authenticate" my client. Well if the damn thing is down it can't authenticate. STOOPID crap. I'll never buy another game that requires an internet connection to play!

eep
eep

ya, just don't eat for a week



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