According to a recent IGN interview with Josh Olin, community manager for Treyarch, Call of Duty: Black Ops for PC comes with dedicated server support – something that the lack of which in MW2 critics of Modern Warfare 2 cited as a major flaw. And these Treyarch-hosted dedicated servers will not cost anything extra. However, the interview also stated that players wishing to host their own servers can do so, but at a hefty price.
GameServers.com is currently set to be the only dedicated server provider for those who wish to host their own server, and will cost $14.95 per month for an 18-player ranked server, or $.99 per month for a 24-player unranked server. Discounts are available if you purchase in bulk – server preorders are available in 3, 6, and 12 month increments.