Server license Policies
The License holder is responsible for how their community members and admins conduct themselves within the server and in other community media platforms. License holders need to ensure members are held accountable for their actions within the community and server as per the Code of Conduct (CoC).
If an admin abuse report has been made against a server and an OWI representative has brought it to your attention, the license holder has up to 14 days to investigate and conclude the situation as it occurs. Should it be found that the license holder has not dealt with their members and admins actions appropriately within 14 days, they risk losing their license.
The license system is to support players to easily find servers which:
- Have a quality server with a 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 vanilla squad game mode rules so regular players know what to expect (will be important once modding is possible).
- Are open to the public at all times (non-passworded).
- We will of course not be able to 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 understand that it will be difficult to manage your servers and communities in this manner so we are providing some examples of acceptable actions to take if you have to deal with a player. (Ban from the server for 2 days, Ban from the server for a week, perm banned and/or removed from the community)
- Licensed servers have admin & debug access enabled for active OWI developers and QA. Admin commands that affect gameplay will only be used in-game with permission from the online admins before being run. It is visible to in-game admins that a Dev is joining the server. (Updated 7th July 2020)
- Intentional exploitation of game bugs, or trying to crash and/or cause harm to another server by you, as the server owner, or representatives of your community, could lead to your server license(s) being revoked. (Added 11th October 2017)
- Naming your server as an "Official" OWI server is confusing to many people and this is not allowed. Please do not use "Official" in the name or in anything related to your server. This will only lead to more issues for us and for your community. Thank you. (Added 27th December 2017)
- Servers of less than 80 slots will not be licensed and should remain in the Custom Server Browser. When you apply, you must put the number of slots you require. (Updated 24th August 2021)
- We encourage you to restart your server every day or as regular as you can. This will help your server to perform smoothly. (Added 16th February 2021)
- All servers need to have a unique individual name for their community server. If you are increasing to have more than one server you must include numbers to define them E.G #1, #2. (Added 3rd September 2020)
- As a guide communities can apply up to 4 licenses to maintain quality. However, should the community require additional licenses, justification will be required. (Added 9th March 2021)
- Applications are for one license per instance. For more than one server, you will need to apply for another license. (Added 28th September 2021)
- You need at least 10 admins per instance per license. If you want to run more than one server, you will need another 10 admins to meet the requirements of having a license. (Added 2nd May 2022)