GamersFirst Deploys Task Force Against Illegal Private Servers

Free2Play Publisher Executes Global Investigation to Improve Player Experience

Oct 13, 2010, 10:30 ET from GamersFirst

IRVINE, Calif., ISTANBUL, and BANGALORE, India, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- GamersFirst (www.gamersfirst.com), today's most popular Free2Play® MMO publisher, has made significant leeway against hackers after the shut-down 40 critical illegal private servers in Turkey; resulting in additional 400 private servers terminating their services.

"We are on a global mission to shut down these illegal servers," says Joe Rush, Director of Operations at GamersFirst. "Private servers have diminished the quality and experience of our games; and are a significant security risk for our players. Our primary goal, as a Free2Play MMO publisher, is to provide a quality gaming experience for our community. Private servers facilitate hacking and other crimes that we do not want associated with GamersFirst. This is a critical problem throughout all MMO's which needs to be recognized and handled head on."

GamersFirst created an internal task force in 2009 to legally handle private server issues for their titles on a global scale. The task force began with GamersFirst's flagship MMORPG, Knight Online. GamersFirst has launched campaigns against both private server owners and hosting sites, imposing legal and financial punishment through law enforcement. There are also similar cases in the USA that are pending compensation forfeit and will continue to be searched and investigated.

GamersFirst warns players not to play on private servers for high security risks. Games that are played on private servers have no obligations to comply with gamers' needs or security. Many players have been faced with conditions like losing account information, stolen bank/credit card information and the use of player computers as 'zombie computers' to commit other crimes. It is encouraged to report private servers and other illegal actions associated with MMO's to continue the fight against piracy and preserving player rights!

About GamersFirst

GamersFirst is the leading Free2Play® MMO game publisher in the Western hemisphere. GamersFirst.com serves more than 30 million players in over 160 countries with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. GamersFirst.com features the hit MMOG's Knight Online, Sword2, War Rock and 9Dragons and the future hits Hukumdar Online: Battle of Kings, MKZ, Victory and Taikodom: Living Universe. Read more about the company and its games at http://www.GamersFirst.com.

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