The group accountable for any main World of Warcraft legacy server has disbanded following alleging that a former team member embezzled thousands of dollars in donated funds.
If somebody ever decides to create a book about the seemingly ceaseless saga of men and women wanting to build a sustainable World of Warcraft legacy server – an unofficial server where individuals can play old versions of your game – I’d advise they get in touch with it Everquest, if that name wasn’t currently taken. It just keeps going and going, in spite of shutdowns from Blizzard, leadership disagreements, and now, a scandal involving thousands of true dollars.
The Elysium Project, which earlier this year helped revive (and after that un-revive) a well-publicized legacy server known as Nostalrius, has disbanded inside the wake of alleged dirty dealings involving two core members of its team. One member named Sheena, former team members said in a statement posted yesterday, allegedly took more than 2,000 (about $2,350) from a donations PayPal that was maintaining the project afloat, making use of it for “personal economic causes.”
“[The] Elysium Project is getting dissolved and relaunched out from the manage of these that have abused the trust in the employees, neighborhood, and legacy movement as a entire,” read the statement. Those members have elected to type a new legacy project referred to as “Light’s Hope.” They apparently walked out the door with large amounts of Elysium’s back-up information, which means that former Elysium players should really have the ability to access their old characters in some form.
The statement also mentioned that the member that Sheena was complicit inside a gold-selling operation being run by another core member in the Elysium team, Crogge, which put additional strain around the server’s development and reputation.
“We realize that we are abandoning a great deal of brand recognition from both Nostalrius plus the Elysium Project by carrying out this,” they wrote. “However, we think that the actions of two rogue employees members have irrevocably broken the image of the rest of the employees and trying to pick up the pieces is just not worth the hassle.”
Update 10/17/17 7:30 PM: The two persons accountable for the alleged embezzlement and gold-selling, Sheena and Crogge, just published statements confirming that the allegations from their former teammates are accurate. They added, however, that their intentions were pure. Pure-ish. If you squint.
“Yes, resulting from mine and my family’s private challenges, I did get some dollars to get a personal use, but at the end with the day it helped to devote more time here keeping the servers,” claimed Sheena, who allegedly skimmed thousands off the major of Elysium’s donations account, within a statement posted to Elysium’s site.
“We didn’t want to resort to [gold] sales, but donations were very limited, and it was either we do restricted sales or we shut down Elysium,” Crogge and Sheena wrote inside a separate joint statement, also on the internet site. “That is not an excuse, just the reality in the scenario. This was not recognized (neither was the economic struggles we have been possessing) by most of the Elysium team. We usually do not imply to defend this position, only be a lot more upfront about it.”
Sheena also claimed that she’s completed plucking coins from the donation purse, which is fantastic, since I imagine that didn’t support the entire “not obtaining sufficient dollars to run servers without the need of producing a secret underground gold market” predicament.
Each Sheena and Crogge went on to say that they really feel betrayed by the former Elysium members who took server information and employed it to located Light’s Hope. They added that they’ll make an effort to get Elysium up and running once more regardless of working with what is now a skeleton crew.