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EA Shuts Down Fan Servers For Old Battlefield Games

Sad times

Revive Network are group of volunteers that have been working to keep game servers running for old multiplayer EA games like Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142, and Battlefield Heroes, games that were part of the infamous GameSpy shutdown in 2014. Revive Networks stepped in and created its own server infrastructure to keep the games running but EA have now sent a legal request to shut them down.

The statement from the Revive Network reads:

Hello everyone,

We will get right to the point: Electronic Arts Inc.’ legal team has contacted us and nicely asked us to stop distributing and using their intellectual property. As diehard fans of the franchise, we will respect these stipulations.

Over the past 3 and a half years, Revive Network has filled a void in nearly 1 million players’ hearts by bringing favorite titles back to life after online services were closed after the GameSpy shutdown. Only a few months ago, we took on the task of bringing multiplayer services online for a fan-favorite, Battlefield Heroes. The public reception for our efforts on this title were massive, and we never expected it to become as big as it was. At this time, file downloads will be disabled.

This is probably the part where we have to say good bye. Before we leave the battlefield, we would like to thank all of the developers, artists, moderators, and last but not least every single player that helped make all of this a reality. Without you, it would not have become such a great time.

Signing off,
– The Revive Network Team

Back in 2015 the Librarian of Congress processed a legal request which would have allowed Revive Network’s method of restoring online gameplay to abandoned games under a DMCA exception, but sadly this was denied. Do you think people should have the right to revive dead game servers? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Arstechnica

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