Unless the technical team is filled with lazy incompetent people, I seriously doubt that a merger is impossible. A technical error that would render merging impossible would cause way more issues than just that, and even so, with a little bit of work is fixable.We are asking for merges on a weekly basis. Giving the numbers listed in this thread. However that doesn't change the fact that merges are impossible right now.
Personally, I only see two reasons why mergers are not allowed. The GMs are either hoping that people will buy ambrosia to transfer their accounts to active server, which is greedy and will kill the game, or they simply don't care anymore.
Server merges, as we all know them, are very large processes that take too much time and have a lot of issues getting it right from a historical and development side. Though some of you may be engineers here, so you might be able to speak technically on what can be done to make sure the server merge goes smoothly. In this case, if GF is not putting time into the game, I would ask if it would allow the community to help where we can, possibly by setting up a test network and merging the assets there to make sure it works before making it active (or open sourcing the project).
However, with the feature of paying ambrosia to move your account to another server, we should be able to complete our own server merges based on individually moving accounts to a new server created for us: ie: brand new, virgin server, where all current players of all current servers are given a "free move" ticket to move our accounts to that server - no matter the Total Point levels. We'll take a activity over Total Score differentiators. We all know that maps in each server are huge, so filling them would take some time or a lot of accounts (more the merrier I say, especially with the rate of depreciation / people leaving being so high).
This way, over time, all active players move to the new server and play together, while the old servers become inactive to the point that they can be closed down, saving GF operating costs for keeping multiple servers open. Then they can start adding new servers all over again
Their answer to the post: Global Tournament Servers (whole world versus by country).
I feel like we could just simplify it to a free move for every user to a new server, should they take the offer or not. But I would definitely move and likely request my alliance to join me. Would be fun playing in an active server of a thousand players again.
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