EA Requests A “Favor” With Letter For Fans To Cease Keeping Older Battlefield Games Alive
For those who are not aware of “The Revive Team”, they are a group who have been working for over three and a half years to keep older Battlefield titles alive. It seems that recently, their luck has run out with a request for a “favor” from EA to cease and desist. Through a well worded from the legal team at EA with lots Battlefield verbiage, it has to be one of the nicest shutdown letters provided by the publisher.
We will get right to the point: Electronic Arts Inc.’ legal team has contacted us and nicely asked us to stop distributing and using their intellectual property. As diehard fans of the franchise, we will respect these stipulations.
Over the past 3 and a half years, Revive Network has filled a void in nearly 1 million players’ hearts by bringing favorite titles back to life after online services were closed after the GameSpy shutdown. Only a few months ago, we took on the task of bringing multiplayer services online for a fan-favorite, Battlefield Heroes. The public reception for our efforts on this title were massive, and we never expected it to become as big as it was.
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This is probably the part where we have to say good bye. Before we leave the battlefield, we would like to thank all of the developers, artists, moderators, and last but not least every single player that helped make all of this a reality. Without you, it would not have become such a great time.
– The Revive Network Team
The above letter was in a response to a correspondence from EA in the form of a cease and desist notice given to the team about EA’s intellectual property, citing that “we’re the only ones that get to wear the “Official EA” dog tag”:
I write on behalf of Electronic Arts Inc. and its development studio DICE or, in other words, “those guys that make Battlefield.”
We’ve noticed that Revive Network has several projects and websites devoted to being a Medic by “reviving” older Battlefield games, including Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield 2, and Battlefield 2142. It’s great to see your enthusiasm for these titles. Not to brag, but we too get the nostalgia chills when booting up these classic entries in the Battlefield franchise.
We need a favor though: we must ask that you stop throwing down Ammo Crates. In other, more legal-styled terms, please stop distributing copies of our game clients and using our trademarks, logos, and artwork on your sites. Thing is, your websites may easily mislead visitors to believe that you are associated or affiliated with EA – we’re the only ones that get to wear the “Official EA” dog tag. Since you’re Battlefield community members, we know that you are smart and helpful, and will respect that we must protect our intellectual property rights in the franchise.
Please drop us a line to let us know you’re on board with this. Should you have any questions regarding all this, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail at [REDACTED]@ea.com.
Electronic Arts Inc.
The Revive Team’s response was taken with care in response to the large publisher shutting them down. EA has a full legal team and this franchise is their intellectual property. The team provided a few final statistics about their project:
As a final tribute, here are some statistics that we’ve gathered.
- Revive Accounts: 939,508
- Total Heroes: 174,876
- Royals: 79,699
- Nationals: 95,177
- Commandos: 60,316
- Soldiers: 62,246
- Gunners: 52,314
Fans can still take part in the team’s Minecraft server, which is still up and running. Let’s hear your thoughts on the shutdown notice provided by EA to the Revive Team. Are you sad to see the older Battlefield titles officially declared dead? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below, and don’t forget to check out DFTG on Twitter for gaming and entertainment news live 24/7!
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