In a surprising move, Internode has called a "cease fire" between gamers and the publishers of the Call of Duty franchise by setting up a deal with GameServers.com that will secure local services for the newest CoD venture, Black Ops (available in November).
If you remember, the last Call of Duty title, Modern Warfare 2 broke sales records, won an arm full of awards and gave gamers world wide wet dreams for months. But, for PC gamers - it was a change. Dedicated servers, which have been a staple of PC multiplayer gaming since the 90's was absent, instead a peer to peer network (where one players internet connection is the "host" and the others are "guests") was included.
The result was obviously heard world wide, where premier gaming network games.on.net and Internode have gone into partnership with GameServers.com
With Black Ops, Treyarch have confirmed the existence of dedicated servers, with Internode securing the GameServers.com deal last week.
The ISP issued a statement last week, "games.on.net and Internode are proud to partner with GameServers.com, exclusively offering Australian servers for 2010′s biggest game, Call of Duty: Black Ops". "By hosting these servers directly within Internode's award-winning, high-performance network, Aussie gamers can rest assured their Black Ops experience will have the lowest possible latency, and the smoothest connection available."
Internode customers will have unmetered access to the servers (as they do with current games.on.net servers), but of course other ISP's customers are still able to access them.
Included in the deal is the ability to rent local servers directly from GameServers.com and have them hosted by Internode.
Server Administrator for games.on.net Matt Lyons said: "This partnership between games.on.net and GameServers.com is a win for everybody, especially the Australian gaming public. By working with GameServers.com we are able to provide Call of Duty: Black Ops servers free to the public and accessible Australia-wide. This will ensure rock solid performance for both GameServers.com and Internode customers."
As a PC gamer, sorely hurt by no dedicated servers - this is good news. Hopefully it's a change for the better and something that becomes useful even for the console crowd. We may have 1TB plans and 24mbit ADSL now, but without great local servers and support from ISP's like Internode, it's all not worth it for gamers.
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