World Of Warcraft Private Server Nostalrius Available to Play

Nostalrius was a private World of Warcraft server that gave players the opportunity to play the game in its original Vanilla version. For this reason the server managed to become so popular that at one point it even had a bigger active player base than most official Blizzard servers. Seeing the popularity it gained, Blizzard sent out a cease and desist letter to Nostalrius, and the server went offline during April 2016.

Nostalrius players urged Blizzard to make their own Legacy server, 250,000 users even signed a petition in which they said that they are going to pay a monthly subscription to Blizzard to be able to play on a Legacy server. Blizzard took note of that and they said they are working on releasing a new Vanilla server, but they are encountering some unexpected problems since they deleted the original Vanilla source code.

WoW players were expecting Blizzard to officially announce when the new Vanilla server is going to be launched at BlizzCon, but instead Blizzard focused on the launch of the new Legion patch. For that reason Nostalrius has decided to give their Vanilla source code to another private server called Elysium.

Elysium is going to be the next big Vanilla server, and some of Nostalrius older developers are going to work alongside the Elysium crew in order to create the new server. Nostalrius themselves have said that they are going to personally help in the creation of the server, they are just going to give them the tools to do it themselves.

To pay respects towards Nostalrius, Elysium has announced they are going to import all characters that were created on Nostalrius to their own server, meaning that Nostalrius players do not have to start from zero again.

The main concern that players have is that Blizzard might take legal action against Elysium, the same way they did with Nostalrius. Maybe Elysium has figured out some loop holes.

32 thoughts on “World Of Warcraft Private Server Nostalrius Available to Play

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    Not exactly, the Scrolls thing and other naming issues (the Candy Crush/Banner Saga issue for example) are Trademark issues.
    Copyright is less of a problem because a Trademark issue is someone creating their own thing and infringing on your brand, using the name to make people think they are related, not copying your own property.
    No court is going to side with someone infringing on Copyright and private WoW servers have existed for a long time and Nostalrius couldn’t use the “Well they did it for years why can’t we” defense.
    You are required to actively defend your Trademark. Copyright issues don’t apply in the same way.

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    No matter how much people want Vanilla WoW servers it’s sad fact that Blizzard has no option but to shut them down. Not doing so would set a precedent and open their intellectual property and products up to all sorts of misuse where attempts at shutting it down could be fought off with reference to Vanilla WoW servers and Blizzard not protecting their copyright in that case.

    It’s the same reason why Bethesda had to go after Scrolls even though they clearly stated they didn’t want to. Protecting copyright.

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    Actually, most of them were willing to pay a subscription. And interest in the server didn’t wane as you claim. Sorry, but you obviously don’t know what you’re talking about…

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    Yeah, and those people were playing for FREE. You do realise that, more than any raging case of nostalgia, is why they were there, right? And that’s why the server was already going bust before Blizzard allegedly sent the C&D? I say allegedly because people are usually pretty quick to slap up a copy of such things and the Nostalrius people never did to the best of my knowledge. You can sit there and go ‘THOUSAAAAAAANDZZZ!!!1!’ all you want, but the number that were simultaneously maintaining a subscription with actual WoW would be in the minority.

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    Did you even play vanilla WoW? Do you have any idea how many people were playing on Nostalrius? Provide facts as Terry said because unless you have some, you have no idea what you’re talking about…

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    Blizzard is not going to have a vanilla server because the cost would far exceed any subscriptions. It basically would be a different game requiring a staff to support for a few thousand players and most would probably leave after the initial experience finding out that it really wasn’t as good as the current product. How many people can do PVP for days? The vanilla content was an extremely long PVP battle. This would be a very bad business decision for Blizzard. Lets face facts Blizzard is a corporation in business to make money. It is not Santa Claus. You can not allow another group to use your property.

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    Sad but true. I don’t recognize the once loved company anymore. Managers ruin everything.

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    You could substitute blizzard for any medium to big company in the world and it would be true… It’s a business

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    It is actually a little more complicated than that. If Blizzard doesn’t actively pursue to keep their intellectual property private, it could be left with no legal recourse if it gets out of hand.

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    greed and moneygrab define everything blizzard have done in the past decade lol

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    or it’s business, have you ever created anything? if so give it to me so i can give it out to everybody for free and you don’t get any profits from it.

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    I like it. If Bliz aren’t going to do it there’s nothing wrong with letting somebody else do it. Bliz just doesn’t want people playing with their toys because they don’t get money from it. Which is just greedy .

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    Well I think any publication who wants to ask Blizzard studio for comment, is doing that more. Although I do like hearing the news about it=/

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    so they’re basically announcing publicly “blizzard come sue us now?”

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    *ahem* Lives on.

    Edit: Thanks for putting the song in my head!

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    “♪Though we die, La Resistance, goes on…”

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    Nobody expected them to do anything… They were punished for breaking the rules just like one is punished for breaking the law

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    I think the basic assumption of civilization is that people will follow the rules (laws).

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    Like I said “You can punish people for wrongdoing”. What you can’t do is “expect people to play by the rules”.

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    Laws are not immutable facts handed down from some divine power. They are man-made and subject to change. Some laws are good, and others are less good. Sometimes individuals use the law for underhand purposes. Because Blizzard have the legal right to take an action does not mean they must do that, and stamp down on part of their fan base. A more enlightened route would be to work with the fans, and develop legacy servers.

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    Enforcing laws is pretty much exactly how the real world works.

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    For all the people saying “it’s Blizz property, they can do whatever they want with it, those guys are stealing, bla bla bla”. You sound like feminists ranting about clothes and men behavior. Yes, in an ideal situation that’s how it works. But the real world doesn’t work like that. You can punish people for wrongdoing, but you can not expect them to just play by the rules. For a vareity of reasons.

    The “if there’s a demand, someone will fill it” idea is true for everything. What this means is that regardless of who is doing wrong here, Blizzard can satisfy that demand themselves, let others satisfy that demand, or prepare for an everlasting fight trying to stop others from doing it.

    Blizzard can sue them all, can send whoever they can actually catch to prison, but they will never get rid of the issue entirely.

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    If they just allow such servers to exist, it weakens their claim to their copyrights and trademarks. The only way it will work out is if Blizzard does so in an official manner.

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    I was thinking the same thing, but look how ThePirateBay works. They do the same thing and switch servers every time the studios shut them down. Although the studios do lose more money, than Blizzard would on 1 server. Could work.

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    Just host the server somewhere that Blizzard can’t touch legally. If they send cease and desist letters you can tell them to “f— off”. Blizzard needs to either give us vanilla servers or back off the ones who are giving it to us. Greedy bastards…

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      The problem isn’t where the server is, it’s where the person who owns the server is. Copyright law covers pretty much the entire world except China and the Middle East. Even South Korea is able to be tried under copyright law. Blizzard owns the rights to the intellectual property called “Warcraft” and any characters, events, items, names etc etc etc contained in and part of Warcraft. As such they are free to do what they please with it, whether it runs the product into the ground or not. While the fans want vanilla servers, the fact is the number of fans is a tiny minority of the overall player base or old players who are currently MIA. And the other fact is that under any name, a vanilla private server is STILL a vanilla private server, and if Blizzard doesn’t want it they can shut it down. Multiple shut downs would also allow them to press serious charges against the team of people doing it. This is also why Pirate Bay has problems staying afloat (hah), the people running it are in areas of the world where legal action can be taken against them for violating copyright law. You can’t be tried by other nations laws unless you violate them and have treaties with those nations. Copyright law is international law, but only between nations that share it.

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    I would love to play on a Vanilla server again mostly for the community that existed on them back in the day. It just isn’t available in today’s WoW and instead of the open field it felt like we had back then today is a tightly roped off amusement park with the expansions that pulls everyone from all over the place and no sense of community because CRZ and other things that are “quality of life” supposedly.

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    Require a regular wow subscription to play on vanilla and blizzard could cover the costs of the nonprofit server with 10% of the profit it would generate.

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      Yep, they had a market to exploit but failed. 50,000+ would flock to Blizzard to sign up and play the old stuff. They are idiots. If they won’t exploit the market, why bother fighting the private servers?

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    It makes sense. We aren’t able to play the game we once bought. We’re able to go back and play the original Diablo game, but we aren’t able to play the original WoW.

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