While Blizzard began cracking down hard on RMT (real money
trading), some industry insider held that it is inevitable and reasonable for
virtual item trading business to come into being and grow with the time.
However, what about the existence of private servers?
Recently, an online game called H3 announced that it will allow people to set up and run private
Taewool Entertainment, known for its martial arts MMORPG
Lord of Hero, has recently unveiled its new MMORPG H3 to the public. It released
the trial version of H3 in Seoul, Korea on March 11th.
It is said that
H3 will enter the closed beta phase in Korea this April and
move into open beta simultaneously in Korea and China this
As a dungeon-centric action RPG, H3 is based on such
classical Chinese novels as Journey to the West, The History of the Three
Kingdoms, The Legend of Deification, Magic Lotus Lantern, Tale of the White
Snake, Legend of the Sui and Tang Heroes, etc.
H3 is unique for its
business model. Simply, it allows people to set up and run private servers.
Private server owners can adjust maps, item drop rate and the arrangement of
NPCs. After paying a certain amount of money to the official for renting
servers, they can set up and run servers as they wish. They can run the game on
a subscription-based model or item selling model. It is initially planned that
the profits generated from the private servers will be split equally between the
official and the private server owner. And the official will be responsible for
settling the payment.