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Two main reasons especially for games:
1) Selling new games is easier when people don't spend their time with old games.
2) There's more profit with games that not only cost upon purchase, but also rip off the players during the game ("micro transactions"), but that works only when the company has full control over the server side.
Solution: don't fucking BUY that shit.
You over thinking it... products come and go...let's be serious,who's gonna play 15 or more year old games?
(Yes there are some players but are the minority...)
But I agree about the protocols it would be very problematic if companies made them proprietary...but I think it's like a secret agreement that they don't do it or share the patents...
tokumei22344y@irene I would say that Discord has a much better UX than previous iterations, while there is still much to be improved especially with server listings, I had many complaints (even from fellow admins) with the TeamSpeak and Mumble ACL systems being way too complicated and hard to understand. While I would say the actual feature set of Discord is smaller in terms of permissions and functionality, it presents administrative stuff in a much better way than the alternatives.
shaki3704yFirst of all blizzard pulled the plug on some old game of theirs and the community kept it going until blizzard forced them to shut down even when it had nothing to do with blizzard anymore.
You say "unofficial servers" i say it's bullshit, the game is still theirs even if it's free, they're still maintaining it and when the time comes they will pull the plug as well, and the community you speak of aren't developers, they're gamers and whichever company is behind the game will kill it to make room for something new.
Discord has been successful for a good reason but they had server issues every other day, they didn't expect to get that big of an influx of users and why? Because it's free, because their users are kids, just like how fortnite got big.
You talk about IRC and other protocols, it is not as easy as two clicks to setup a server (your own space) back in the day.
People always went for centralised because they don't want to be in 100 places at once.