You can make money hosting DayZ servers

If you host a successful DayZ server, developer Bohemia Interactive would like to reward you. Or, more specifically, the studio would like to let other people reward you, by adding monetisation features to both games.

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The change kicked in on December 1 for third-party DayZ servers, while it’s been in place for a few months for Arma 3.

You have the option to make your server subscriber-only (that is, where people have to pay money to play the game), or you can offer rewards to people who chip in a little cash.

Of course, it’s not as simple as just ticking a box – you’ll need to get approval from Bohemia before you can start charging people to play on your servers, and the developers also have a bunch of rules you need to adhere to.

  • Charging players to access your server, if the fees and associated perks do not affect gameplay in any way, is allowed. Limiting access to only paying players is allowed.
  • Product placement, in-game advertising and sponsorship is allowed. Accepting donations is allowed, but to avoid any doubts: not providing donations must not prevent anyone from accessing the content.
  • Selling of in-game items, that don’t affect gameplay, and selling of cosmetic perks are allowed. (Applicable only to servers with mods, after modding support has been added to Dayz)
  • Please remember, that these rules do not apply to public hive Dayz servers or the Dayz mod!

Break the rules? You’ll have to stop your monetisation, or else Bohemia may take you to court!

If you want to see the sort of thing the community is doing, there is a list of monetised Arma 3 servers, and (a currently much shorter) one for approved DayZ servers.

For more information, check out this handy info page, which includes links to FAQs and registration pages for both games.

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