Well, here's the thing.Massively OP has a new editorial up about it and how the news has fractured the CoH community.
Even if the CoH community did die as a result of SCoRE, here's hoping that the Ship of Heroes community will live and thrive for many years!
If it was public then it would be nothing but Cease and Desist orders from NCsoft corporate every time a private server opened up just as it's been time and time again with other games. People get to play for a while, BAM - C&D. People get to play for a while, BAM - C&D. ... rinse and repeat. People get their beloved game back and then down it goes all over again. How many times do you want to relive the CoH sunset from back in 2012? - - - I don't know about you but I don't want to go through that again.
NCsoft were total bastards for what they did. A better way existed and they didn't care. As much as losing my game and characters hurts, and now not even being included in this little private server group, I would still prefer that little group of people were playing than for nobody to be playing. Anything that STICKS IT TO NCsoft is okay in my book. Any company that doesn't have a care in the world about its own customers deserves to be screwed with. Bleed 'em and bleed 'em hard I say. Teach them a lesson they should have learned long ago.
Finally, for whatever personal data this private group may have . . . my credit card numbers and email address have never appeared to be compromised so that's acceptable. All of my characters are legally owned by NCsoft as per the agreement I and everyone else made when we played the game and I don't think anyone would care much for my characters. I'm a little irritated by it all but I'm not upset. The situation could have been worse so this isn't so bad.
This is just how I see things.