Or private server, if you prefer.
I am not sure which is technically more correct, but when in doubt I always go with “pirate” in a headline when I have a choice.
There is, and has been for almost a decade, a private EverQuest server community out there based on an open source EverQuest server emulator called EQEmu.
I have no idea what SOE thinks of this.
Certainly, if this project were emulating World of Warcraft, lawyers would have been involved almost right away. And Sony itself is no stranger to litigation to protect its interests, real and perceived, so I find it interesting that these servers have been running for as long as they have been.
But I have to imagine that part of the implied truce between the emulator community and SOE, if such a thing can be said to exist, is that the private server community keep a low profile.
So I was a bit surprised to see this ad on Facebook.
Okay, it is just a Facebook ad and not, say, a billboard planted on the 805 at the Miramar Rd. exit.
But it is an ad. And it is no doubt a targeted ad set to display to those who have “liked” EverQuest on Facebook.
Certainly the Shards of Dalaya picked an opportune time, and not on accident I am sure, because right about now anybody who likes EverQuest sure isn’t playing EverQuest… at least not with SOE.
And even Sony’s legal department is probably tied up with more pressing issues. There are a lot of government entities out there who are demanding answers from Sony right now. They will be busy for months to come.
So maybe this is a canny move by a private server to get a few more players.
But that assumes that my theory about a need to keep a low profile is true.
Does anybody know what SOE’s stance is towards these servers, the people who run them, and those who choose to play on them?