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Pirates want to ‘free’ Blizzard games from being forced to play Battle.net


Many PC game manufacturers have been relying on online copy protection for a long time. This often “hides” behind a service like Battle.net, i.e. a platform that wants to offer other added value via client. A group of pirates called the Blizzless Project want to change that.

Online-based Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a thorn in the side of many gamers. Because many users don’t see why they can’t play a purchased title if they don’t have an internet connection. Some developers and publishers are now doing without it again, but Activision Blizzard is stubbornly sticking to its Battle.net.

A group presumably from Russia wants to change that: As TorrentFreak reports, the Blizzless Project started releasing modified versions of classic Blizzard games a few days ago. So far, Starcraft: Remastered, Warcraft 3: Reforged, and Diablo 2: Resurrected. The Blizzless Project versions of these games differed from the originals in only one point: the (lack of) compulsion to Battle.net.

Blizzard games without restrictions

In a statement, the group writes: “The Blizzless Project is a project to remove limitations in the classic products of a well-known company that are imposed by network connectivity to servers. Our team sees the goal in developing alternative servers to complement the purchased products without restrictions, without collecting personal data (telemetry) and after end of support.” There are also complaints that Blizzard can “take away” a game at any time due to the online connection. For example, at the start of Warcraft 3: Reforged, Blizzard forced all users of the Battle.net version to switch to the Reforged client – the servers of the original game were then switched off.

Based probably in Russia

As already mentioned, Blizzless is most likely based in Russia, because there are also complaints about the treatment of Russian and Belarusian gamers by Blizzard. The “project” will certainly not suit the games company (as it did with the “bnetd” emulation package for StarCraft) and legal action is likely to be taken – but it is doubtful whether this will get far in Russia at the moment.

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Blizzard, Activision, Activision Blizzard, Computer Games, Publisher, Game Publisher, Games Publisher

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