[bf1942] Issues regarding "ranked servers"

Chris Adams chris at fragzzhost.com
Sat Jun 4 15:24:00 EDT 2005

Everywhere except the USA, EA's 'Official' ranked servers will be hosted
by ordinary GSPs. EA have been arranging these deals for about six
months now and they have scrutinised our security lest anyone should get
hold of the code for the ranked servers. The deal basically consists of
total management and maintenance of their servers.

Chris Adams
GameSwitch Ltd.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Luke [mailto:luke at techfreak.org] 
Sent: 04 June 2005 14:12
To: bf1942 at icculus.org
Subject: RE: [bf1942] Issues regarding "ranked servers"

It seemsclear to me that they are 'advertising' the superiority of
servers'. Why? Well, arent ranked servers going to be official EA
Are they going to rent them to admins? If so, seems like a clear
strategy, not a game-play strategy. If they shut out the GSP's and clan
admins, they could make a lot of money in the next three years on server


Craig Fletcher said:
> I really doubt you will see much of a financial consequence to EA.
> game is set to be a massive hit regardless of the ranking system.  EA
> taken the attitude in the past that it can afford to annoy a minority
> the
> full knowledge that it's going to shift several hundred thousand units
> regardless.  You can't please everyone after all :).
> A classic example of this was during a "question time" style panel at
> conference, where the EA delegate was quizzed by a gamer in the
> as
> to why they would not release another patch for Generals: Zero Hour to
> all the bugs.  His response was along the lines of "how does that make
> money... the game has been and gone".  However, things are changing
> the
> better it seems.  Subsequently they did release a patch, albeit
> months later.  In the UK at least they seem to be trying to be a lot
> proactive in engaging the gaming community as a whole.
> I'm not sure the whole ranked servers issue will be as big a deal as
> people
> are making out in this thread.  There will be plenty of ranked and
> unranked
> servers out there and I can understand their desire to keep the
> secure.  It's not ideal I agree, but I think it's the best we're going
> get at the outset.  Will be interesting to see how it all pans out.
> Cheers,
> Craig "Wizzo" Fletcher
> Multiplay
> Email: wizzo at multiplay.co.uk
> URL: http://www.multiplay.co.uk
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Anton Jansen [mailto:gradius at fmf.nl]
>> Sent: 04 June 2005 13:57
>> To: bf1942 at icculus.org
>> Subject: Re: [bf1942] Issues regarding "ranked servers"
>> Dave Snodgrass wrote:
>> >They've said forever that our servers will not be allowed to
>> >participate in the ranking system - You're reading the tone
>> correctly.
>> >I gave up on bf2 a lonnnnng time ago.
>> >
>> >./d
>> >
>> We will have to see how things work out. If it doesn't,
>> EA/Dice are the ones who take the financial consequences.
>> There are plenty of other games in the world to entertain us ;-)
>> With kind regards,
>> Anton Jansen
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