Revive Network, a service keeping old Battlefield games alive through their own multiplayer servers, has been asked by EA to “stop distributing and using their intellectual property.” The stance isn’t exactly a surprise. EA is a massive corporation with the legal backing to keep zealous control over their IP rights.
“Electronic Arts Inc.'[s] legal team has contacted us and nicely asked us to stop distributing and using their intellectual property,” the post explains. “As diehard fans of the franchise, we will respect these stipulations.”
In the letter sent to Revive by EA, the company expressed appreciation for Revive’s enthusiasm, but ultimately asked the team to “stop distributing copies of our game clients and using our trademarks, logos, and artwork on you sites.”
“Thing is, your websites may easily mislead visitors to believe that you are associated or affiliated with EA and we’re the only ones that get to wear the Official EA dog tag,” the company wrote. “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.”
Revive Network was formed in 2014 following the shutdown of GameSpy’s multiplayer servers, which took a number of multiplayer games offline, including early entries in the Battlefield series. For three years, Revive and its servers have made it possible to play Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142, and Battlefield Heroes online.
EA’s demand that Revive stop making money off their IP is no surprise, but we wonder if they could have come to some kind of better agreement. Like 343 and the Halo fan-project Installation 1. After all, EA took issue with the distribution of modified game clients and trademarks, and not actually the servers themselves.