Call of Duty: Black Ops Dedicated Server Support is Rental Only

By Brian Leahy, Sep 13, 2010 2:20pm PDT Treyarch had promised dedicated server support for the PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops, but I'm guessing the masses aren't going to be happy with how this promise is being fulfilled.

Announced right before PAX, Activision has selected GameServers.com as the "exclusive dedicated server provider" for CoD: Black Ops. What this means is that players hoping to run a dedicated server will be forced to rent one from GameServers.

Servers are already available for pre-order. Unranked servers will top out at 24 players, while ranked servers will be run with a maximum of 18 players. Many communities utilize rented servers, but having this be the only option is a bit disconcerting. It remains to be seen if servers will be provided by Treyarch or Activision as well as the amount of control given to renting admins.

Dedicated servers are better than no dedicated servers, for sure, but this doesn't sound like what gamers wanted. I am in no way endorsing the following practice, but I'm pretty sure this is just a challenge to the PC community to hack the game to enable third-party dedicated servers.

Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer was recently revealed and we have hands-on impressions.

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  • I've done a lot of business with gameservers.com, they have good service but very par (if not sub-par) server quality and reliability. Server "renting" should still provide FTP access and a control panel, really all the server side access you really need to customize your MP home. Of course this just means people can't run servers from their dedicated boxes, which sucks for me because I rent a $150/m dedicated box for TF2, CSS and Gmod servers >_< I would have loved to tack on a black ops too, but n0o0o0o0o!!! Activision really needs MOAR dlc money!!!