Originally Posted by nosoop
If you blacklist by IP / port combination, dedicated server owners can run the server on another port. If you blacklist purely by IP address, other server owners on the same address (in the case of hosting by game server providers) will be negatively impacted.
Limiting the number of granted tokens (even for a probationary period) might help reduce the "black market" token supply by making each one more expensive. I can't imagine any one person being the legitimate primary manager of 1000 active, registered game servers, let alone a few dozen.
I feel the same way, limiting to like 100 per account would be fine in most circumstances.
I think I saw a community with like ~80 servers once in the past, can't remember if it was TF2, CSS or all around, but that's pretty much the maximum I've seen under one single community name.
Originally Posted by ghostofmybrain
I think they actually raised the number to 1000 originally because of those people who provide those "one hour csgo servers", and they actually legitimately did need that number of tokens.
Those spin-up spin-down servers could easily be run using the same token over and over, so there is literally no need for creating a new token every single time.
If old and expired ("inactivated") tokens becoming problem, a token administrator, which would check with the backend database for the oldest (longest unused) token first, and re-use that one, would solve a such issue.
Is there any of such spin-up spin-down providers having more than 100 active servers simultaneously
? And what about 250? And what about 500?
A such organization usually has some sort of way to bring in money, to cover the server costs, etc., and as such, I also believe they would be able to afford a new account with CSGO to raise the limits once more, if necessary. E.g. if the limit was 100, then they can afford another account to make the limit 200.
As a side effect, it would also make it more expensive for the "black market" token things, though I also believe it won't kill them completely.