TERA’s North American Servers Will Block Foreign IPs

With TERA set to release in North America in May — unless the NCsoft lawsuit blocks TERA’s U.S. release — En Masse Entertainment has outlined the game‘s region-based IP blocking policy.

The firm will block IP addresses based on region, and Asia, Africa, Russia, and the Middle East are currently included on the company’s block list.

En Masses says:

While we appreciate that there are players in these regions who would enjoy playing on En Masse servers, it’s unfortunate that the vast majority of internet traffic we see from these regions is from cyber-criminals relating to account theft, gold-farming and other hacking behavior.

According to the release, while En Masse will not initially block proxies, they do intend to block any proxy servers or hosts that become popular tools for criminal behavior.

Is this too draconian a measure to take, or do you consider this an acceptable loss for the greater good?


via Massively

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2 Comments on TERA’s North American Servers Will Block Foreign IPs

Squire Zed

On January 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm

To be honest, gamers from too far away kinda ruin the experience anyway. Lag is a major issue in quick combat games, and can be infuriating when your attacks miss because of lag constantly. Also, if it truly does curb gold farmers, account theft/fraud, and hackers, then it’s worth it.

Apoc

On January 30, 2012 at 10:11 pm

as long as they allow service members overseas to play (assuming any actually have time for the game) then I’m ok with it despite my own reservations about blocking internet traffic en masse (see what i did there?).