Or Not . . .
Of course, the server model is not completely foolproof. A number of clever developers realized some time ago that it is possible to create new, possibly free, servers for gamers to connect to, thus sidestepping the subscription model. The question is, is this piracy?
When three programmers wrote an open source version of Blizzard's server software called BnetD, Blizzard sued—and won. See Chapter 4 for more.