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Private servers are game servers which are hosted by entities and organizations other than the game's producer or licensed distributor—Activision Blizzard, for World of Warcraft.

Software

The software for a World of Warcraft private server is referred to as an emulator (WoWEmu) because it attempts to emulate the same software which Blizzard Entertainment created for the same process.

Emulators

Mangos-Based

Antrix-Based

  • Ascent (closed)

Legality

The existence of World of Warcraft private servers is controversial, and it is often debated as to whether or not they are legal, given that the code and databases for them are created by people external to Blizzard.

The bnetd case is sometimes cited as a precedent for World of Warcraft private servers being illegal in the United States. Although bnetd and World of Warcraft private servers are both reverse engineered from game server software, bnetd compatible game client software, such as StarCraft and Diablo II, was sold commercially with unique CD keys. In the bnetd case, the Eighth Circuit ruled that these CD keys were a copy protection device under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. A fully functional trial version of the World of Warcraft client, in contrast, has always been available to download without charge and without any apparent copy protection device.

Mangos / getMaNGOS

Mangos / getMaNGOS was the first widely used emulator for private world of warcraft servers. Started in Summer 2005 by TheLuda (Founder of Mangos) it has grown to become one of the biggest names in the wow server emulator community.

Mangos / getMaNGOS is unique in that it is the only known project to have "test servers". These are not like traditional private servers - they are different in the fact that they are supported by the developers of getMaNGOS. They are up 24x7x365 and are designed to act as closely as possible to the original Blizzard servers. Players on the getMaNGOS test servers are able to report bugs directly to the getMaNGOS team to be fixed, allowing players to be directly involved in making the content as "Blizzlike" as possible for the test servers as well as others because of getMaNGOS's open-source nature. All fixes / corrections are released into the main source repositories as soon as testing is complete. No Fees / charges are ever requested.

Classifications

There are three types of servers, which are "standard", "test servers" and "custom." Standard servers are almost strictly vanilla official content only, while custom servers are heavily modified servers which include content that was not created by Blizzard Entertainment.

Test servers are only known to be run by Covenant-Wow on behalf of getmangos. Test servers are similar to standard servers, except they are run & backed directly by the team developing the emulating software. Because of this, test servers have a large development community supporting them and also publish all fixes publicly.

There are also four classes of servers, which are Player-versus-Environment (PvE), Player-versus-Player (PvP), Role-Play (RP), and Role-Play Player-versus-Player (RPPvP). Most private servers are PVP Realms.

Realms

The following is a listing of servers, based on regions of the world. If you know of a private server, and it is not listed here, please be sure to add it. Bear in mind that only vanilla (patch 1.12.1 or similar) versions of the game should be added. Old closed down servers may still be included in the list of servers, and this is done in order to provide an archive of their existence.

Every column can be sorted at your convenience.

Project Name Website Type Experience Rates Status Host Location Notes Average daily population peak Client Version
Elysium Link PvP x1 Released January 7th Europe Elysium Project Realm 8,000 1.12.1
Zeth'Kur Link PvP x1 Shutting Down Europe Server being shut down due to low population N/A 1.12.1
Anathema Link PvP x1 Released December 17th Europe Elysium Project Realm 5,000 1.12.1
Darrowshire Link PvE x1 Released December 17th Europe Elysium Project Realm 3,500 1.12.1
Crestfall Link PvE & PvP x1 To Be Announced

(2017 confirmed)

Europe Progression Through Expansion (PTE)
Magic WoW

1.12.1

www.magicwow.co.uk PvE / RP x1 December 2016 Release North America All items kept on release
2.4.3 Vanilla Link Custom x1 Released Australia Vanilla WoW running on 2.4.3 20 2.4.3 (ie TBC, not Vanilla)
Classic-WoW Link PvE x1 Released Germany 400 1.12.1
Classic Warcraft Link In development N/A N/A 1.12.1
Covenant-WoW Link Mangos Official Test Server Retail/Blizzlike Released / Permanent Development United Kingdom Details in the getMaNGOS section above 20 1.12.1
Kronos Link PvP x1 Released Czech Republic Released March 2015 (Release Trailer)

Second realm Kronos II released on April 2016

6000 1.12.1
Nostalgeek Link PvP n/a Released France 450 1.12.1
Nostalrius Begins Link PvP x1 Re-released (as part of Elysium Project) France Was initially shut by a cease and desist by Blizzard. Re-released with the help of the Valkyrie team and renamed to Elysium. The original Nostalrius team has since left, but the source code still exists as the "Anathema" core (see Elysium) 1.12.1
Feenix (Warsong 2.0), not technically vanilla Link PvP (Custom) x12 Released Netherlands Runs on TBC 2.4.3 client, but Outland closed

100

2.4.3
The Rebirth Link PvP x5 (optional x1) Shut Down France Shut down in early 2017 N/A 1.12.1
Vanilla Gaming Link PvP x15 (optional x1) Released Switzerland 400 1.12.1
Valkyrie-WoW Link PVP x1 (optional donate for instant lvl 60) Renamed (to Elysium) France No longer has donation for level 60 (see Elysium) 1.12.1
WoW Ascension Link PvE x1 Shut down United Kingdom Issued Cease and Desist by Blizzard 50 1.12.1

See also

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