Anyone on top of the gaming news knows that Call of Duty (COD) Black Ops will be released this November 9th 2010. It is predicted to be one of the biggest gaming releases in history. Those clans and individuals who are serious about getting their own gaming server might be a tad let down.
As announced by Activision and Treyarch studios, GameServers will be the official server provider upon release of Black Ops. This has changed the game a little bit for those who were looking to host their own dedicated hardware. As instead of gaming clans being able to host their own private server hardware they’ll have to rent a server from GameServers.
“We are thrilled at the opportunity to provide high performance dedicated Call of Duty : Black Ops servers to the world”, says Anthony Quon, COO of GameServers. “Over the course of the past several months, we have been working rigorously with our partners to ensure that our global network infrastructure can withstand the mounting popularity of Black Ops.”
Despite being the leader in game hosting solutions many clans may get turned off in general by the exclusive server deal.
According to their site Clans will have the option of Ranked Servers which run $14.95 for 18 players or $0.99/player for unranked servers. They offer package discounts on monthly prepays. They are currently accepting preorders for servers which will guarantee your choice server location and speed.
“Nobody will have to rent a dedicated server through GameServers in order to play the game,” says Josh Olin, community manager for Trearch. “But for anybody who wants to run their own server, it will be run from GameServers.”
“If players want to run a dedicated Ranked or Unranked server on the PC, they will have to rent one through GameServers,” Olin told IGN. “Treyarch will be providing a fleet of ‘Day-1 Servers’ (through GameServers) which will be up and operational on November 9th.
Olin added that this partnership adds the advantage of much more effective anti-cheating and hacking moderation.
“If you rent a server, you will still have the ability to Kick, Ban, and Configure it the way you see fit,” Olin added. “Of course Ranked servers will have some set configurations that can’t be messed with; but you will still have the power to administrate your servers as a customer of GameServers.”
Though this may leave a bad taste in the mouths of many salivating gamers and clans in general looking to run their own Black Ops servers, nontheless Black Ops is still gaining massive momentum and slated to be one of the biggest releases in most if not all of gaming history.
It’s still too early to say how clans and gamers in general will react in tandem with the exclusive server deal, but if the current trend of growing popularity for the game continues at it’s current rate the news about GameServers being the exclusive server provider may only put a dent in the popularity of the game.
Call of Duty Black Ops will be released on Nov 9th 2010 for PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360. It’s highly anticipated release and the exclusive server deal will surely be the talk of the gaming community for some time.