Server licensing

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What is the server licensing system?[edit | edit source]

We are adding in this system for server licensing to help players easily find servers which:

  • Have a quality, dedicated administration team.
  • Host from reliable and powerful server hardware.
  • Promote teamwork and communication in their community and/or clan.
  • Provide a positive environment for new players to learn the game and play with more experienced players.
  • Use the vanilla Squad gamemode rules so regular players know what to expect (will be important once modding is possible).

We will of course not be able achieve the full vision of the system at launch, nor will the system ever be perfect, but our hope is that server licensing will provide a framework for greatly improving the gameplay experience of the average Squad player.

We also recognize that not every server will be able to follow all the above rules perfectly, because frankly it is very hard to manage a community in such a way. This is the main reason why we have created “guidelines than actual rules” as we wish to convey the spirit and culture here, rather than ask each of our communities to be perfect with every item.


What will the server licensing system do?[edit | edit source]

The system will allow the development team to issue server licenses to reliable teamwork oriented communities & clans, which will cause their servers to be shown in the primary server list in game. This license will come in the form of a key which needs to be listed in the server’s config files.

All other servers which don’t have a license key will be shown on a second custom servers menu tab. The second tab is meant to show the full list of servers, and will be the place where servers with custom rules and mods are listed.


How can I apply for a server license?[edit | edit source]

First, read over our server administration guidelines here:

http://forums.joinsquad.com/topic/7849-game-server-administration-guidelines/

You and all of your server admins will need to follow the guidelines laid out in those thread, or you will risk having your license revoked.

If you are hosting through one of our partnered game server providers, namely:

  • Blue Fang Solutions
  • Fragnet
  • G-Portal
  • Multiplay
  • VI-Layer

You may apply for a server license via the application at http://master.joinsquad.com/serverlicense

For all other cases, primarily those who rent their own hardware, apply via http://master.joinsquad.com/dedicatedserverlicense

Can a license be revoked?[edit | edit source]

Yes. It can happen if the dev team becomes aware that a licensed server is doing something grossly contrary to one or more of our guidelines. This can include things like:

  • Abuse of in game administration powers, or lack of administrative presence.
  • For those who rent their hardware, moving your game server to poor hardware or hosting alongside too many other game servers.
  • Promoting poor in game culture, contrary to Squad’s goals of teamwork and communication oriented gameplay.
  • Facilitating an environment which is hostile to new players.
  • Failing to use “vanilla” Squad rules and files.

Please note that once we have issued a license, we will almost always refrain from revoking a license unless there is a very serious violation of our guidelines. In the event that we consider revoking a license, the circumstances will be analyzed carefully and on a case-by-case basis.


My partnered game server provider is showing poor performance, what can I do?[edit | edit source]

For licensed servers hosting on our partnered providers, we will never find you liable for poor hardware performance. This can happen in cases where the provider is hosting on poor hardware, or is hosting too many other game instances on the same box you are on.

Simply send an email to [email protected] including your license ID and an explanation of the issues you are noticing, and we will survey your server’s performance and contact your provider privately.


My Clan / Community / Server did not receive a license, what can I do?[edit | edit source]

Remember that if you do not receive a license, you can still host a server!

Work on building a dedicated, quality admin team and growing your community and simply apply again when you are confident you have made progress. We will always be open to revisiting an application.