P2W, And Other Things Explained
Pay To Win (P2W for short) is when a Game or a Server offers the player items, unobtainable things, kits, power-ups, potions, upgrades, power, mana, coins, in-game currency, special abilities, etc in return for real-world money.
For instance, a 50$ Rank on a Minecraft server might give you full diamond armor, money, potions, the ability to fly around, and other things that would otherwise be impossible to achieve or obtain by normal means.
All of these things have something in common - They give the player an advantage. This is clearly unfair, as this gives people with money to spend the ability to buy such ranks / items from the Server while others that are less wealthy can not.
The server earns money, the wealthy players get an advantage, and it becomes unfair for the rest of the players.
Our servers do not have P2W
Renting is a common practice that everyone knows about. The owner of the rented server pays the hoster a set amount of money weekly, monthly, or annually to have a server running. The problem with this lies within the practice itself. This practice nudges the owner into wanting to make money off of his/her server in order to pay the hoster - and usually the owner ends up making his server P2W in order to do so.
There are many other problems / disadvantages when it comes to renting such as when the owner stops paying for the server, the server will go down and all the server files will be permanently deleted, leaving the players of the server with nothing. All the time, work, good moments, and etc the server provided are now gone. People that are dedicated to running a server will often times host it themselves - ensuring that the server will stick around for a long time
Another problem is that all problems caused by the hoster are impossible to fix by the owner of the rented server. Things such as power outage, storage methods, file corruption, file loss, physical harm to the server, replacing parts for better ones, and other things can not be handled by the Owner
Yet another problem is the owner of the rented server has restricted / limited access to whatever the hoster allows them to do. The owner may not be able to modify some things about his server, or access all the files of the server - which can possibly prevent the owner from making his server run smoothly, or run efficiently
On top of this, renters buy the cheapest hardware, that is usually generations behind and never disclose what hardware they're using.
Our servers are not rented, are dedicated, and won't be going anywhere anytime soon
Voting websites are a very common practice in many servers (especially on games like Minecraft).
This is a very unfair / flawed practice. Here's why
- Server Owners sign their server up on these websites in order to attract more players onto their server
- These vote websites have tons of advertisements on the sides of the page and etc. The website earns money from the advertisements the players see. Websites can also "reserve" spots on their front page to advertise servers for a price.
- Players vote on these websites by going onto the website and typing in their username or etc. In return for going on the website and dealing with the advertisements players are rewarded in-game with items, perks, ranks, unobtainable things, etc, etc.
The reason this practice is flawed is because more than likely server owners will not attract any players onto their server with the site. The owners server is competing against 10,000 or more servers for a spot on the first or second page. Considering their "ranking" or "place" on the pages are determined by how many votes the server has small servers with few people that are trying to expand will have their server on the 500th page on the site - a page so far back nobody would ever see it
This practice is also unfair/time-wasting, as many players have a hard time trying to open / vote on these websites. Remember, these websites are littered and full of image/video advertisements that take tons of processing power and internet resources. It is also incredibly annoying and a chore to go out and vote.
Our servers do not use voting websites
Some server owners will reward players on their servers for watching advertisements. This is like voting, except the owner is the one receiving the profits made off of the advertisements, and the goal is not to attract players, instead the goal is to make money. This practice is flawed / unfair, too.
It is flawed because the whole goal of it is to earn money off of advertisements. Very little money is generated per advertisement (around 0.002$ per advert watched) so in the end the server owner is making virtually no profit. Even if there is a profit to be made not all of it is going to the owner, rather the service that offers the advertisements takes a small cut of it.
It is unfair because more often the advertisements are videos and are shown on poorly coded video players. This makes the advertisements take tons of processing power / internet resources, which in turn makes it incredibly hard to run on lower end machines. It's also obviously annoying for the player to watch advertisements.
Our servers do not have such advertisements
Poor Hardware -
This shouldn't really need an explanation. I've seen a lot of servers run off of god awful/outdated hardware and computers like a laptop from the 2000's.
Hosting on poor / outdated hardware can increase latency, and will more than likely produce server lag. Nobody likes lag. This can also lead to slow server restarts, slow machine boot-up, longer times on doing server backups, and a higher chance for overall system failure.
Our servers are running on the latest generations of hardware and software.
Poor Staff -
I don't think this needs an explanation either, but I will do so anyways.
Some servers are full of abusive moderators or admins with unnecessary commands or permissions such as the ability to spawn in whatever they like, ie cars, items, exp, etc. These commands are abused by the staff to give themselves an edge over normal players
Servers can still have poor staff even if they don't abuse in the aforementioned way. Some staff are just straight up plain ignorant, unhelpful, or rude. Some staff are just completely discriminate towards certain types of people, whether if be over their gender, race, profile picture, online identity, etc. When I go to play servers online I expect relaxation and fun. I come to chill out. Yet this unnecessary drama is so common among servers.
Our servers have tolerant, non discriminative staff that try to be helpful and active at all times.