I realize I'm taking the chance that this thread will be locked or deleted, but I've tried to get an official response on this topic, and none has been forthcoming. The basic question is, are gaming proxy services (I won't name names) "legal" or not? There are a number of issues and pros and cons that need to be discussed: - First, what exactly do these services actually do? They claim to improve your routing to your game server and thereby lower your latency and your "ping". For some people, especially those connecting to servers that are located geographically far from them, this seems to be a legitimate claim. However the real problem is the software that comes with them. There is some evidence to suggest that the software that comes with them actually uses the same kind of process that the much despised "speed hacks" use - or maybe they just optimize your networking, or maybe they simply provide connection and routing services. - One of the biggest issues is should something that provides such a competitive advantage that many will feel forced to become a subscriber, be officially sanctioned? The services cost an extra $10-$15 USD a month, or essentially the cost of an additional full subscription. These services are already extremely popular. - Are people having accounts suspended for using these services now? Are the services being blocked some way? I've heard some anecdotal evidence that this may be the case. - Another issue here is an issue of fairness for people connecting from countries that are geographically far from the server they are playing on, or from countries with a poor networking infrastructure. These services can really help those people and allow them to compete when they might not be able to otherwise. - Another issue however is an issue of obfuscation. These kinds of services can be used by hackers and cheaters to mask their ip's. I personally don't think this is a big issue, especially when most player ip's are dynamic anyway, and change regularly, but nonetheless, it is an aspect of the larger issue that should likely be discussed. What do you think? Please don't post names of services here, or post urls unless we get official word that these services are allowed. Do you think these services should be allowed?