Following the announcement last night that there will be no server browser for the highly anticipated Left 4 Dead, we have been thinking long and hard about the impact this has on the hosting of the game.
With no server browser how are people supposed to join a server they have rented? Will there at least be a direct to join IP feature? Without these there is no incentive for either the purchase of servers by customers or the provision of free-to-play publics by gaming communities, as people have no choice over what server they join. This kills the rental, hosting and community market for the game outright. Do Valve really intend to host all the servers themselves for the game or has the importance of these features and their impact been overlooked? As it stands right now we (Multiplay) see no benefit in supporting this game at all and unless this situation changes we do not intend to host any servers for it. We hope other GSP's will support us in this action. The MOTD ad block is of minor significance in comparison to the building a community around servers. This is the start of a slippery slope which once started down it will be hard to turn back. The community goodwill and hard work must not be taken for granted and pushed too far. Valve's success is in no small part due to the widespread availability of servers for it's games, the majority of which are funded and run by the community at large. To take away the community's ability to continue to run servers that they can build solid regular player bases around, will simply destroy the communities around the game and also significantly dent faith and goodwill in Valve as a company. While we wish Valve success with this game; their decision leaves us with no choice but to take this action in the hope that it will highlight how strongly we feel about the removal of direct join options from any game. Regards Steve ================================================ This e.mail is private and confidential between Multiplay (UK) Ltd. and the person or entity to whom it is addressed. In the event of misdirection, the recipient is prohibited from using, copying, printing or otherwise disseminating it or any information contained in it. In the event of misdirection, illegible or incomplete transmission please telephone +44 845 868 1337 or return the E.mail to [EMAIL PROTECTED] _______________________________________________ To unsubscribe, edit your list preferences, or view the list archives, please visit: http://list.valvesoftware.com/mailman/listinfo/hlds