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Blizzard wins lawsuit vs bot service, $7 million judgement

NadiaNadia Topsham, MaineMember Posts: 11,866 Uncommon

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/10/18/blizzard-wins-the-case-to-shut-down-world-of-warcraft-bots/

After a two-year legal battle, Blizzard has emerged victorious in its case against Ceiling Fan Software, responsible for two of the most popular WoW botting applications. The company is facing a $7 million judgment and has been ordered to fully cease operations.

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  • FoomerangFoomerang Portland, ORMember Posts: 5,606 Uncommon

    Nice! Hopefully that sends a red flag out to other botting developers.

  • inzane3inzane3 ManchesterMember Posts: 103
    Good!

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  • GravargGravarg Harker Heights, TXMember Posts: 3,400 Uncommon

    No death sentence :(

     

    Anyways.  I hope this happens more often.

  • MuktukMuktuk Menomonie, WIMember Posts: 76 Uncommon
    Originally posted by Gravarg
    No death sentence :(

    Haha, I agree.  Great news though!

     

  • DamonVileDamonVile Vancouver, BCMember Posts: 4,818
    this will hurt the lame players who bot ( which is a good thing ) but it will still do nothing to the account hackers which is where the gold selling is really coming from.
  • WizardryWizardry Ontario, CanadaMember Posts: 11,157 Rare

    Never cared much about Blizzard but his earns them good marks in my books,problem is not many developers can afford these types of lawsuits.

    This would be tricky,would need some definite proof that the bot was made for Wow and not just some random bot that the company could not be held liable for.

    Only thing left to ask is WHY so long,this has been more than obvious for over 5 years,so why care now or 2 years ago?The second question is why risk losing money as botters still have to pay for accounts,is there some hidden agenda or do they legitimately care about the integrity of the game.I would have to say this question deems very important because if they really cared why wait so long and allow the game and economy to be totally ruined for several years before caring,why now just seems like it needs to be asked.

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  • flizzerflizzer Manchester, NHMember Posts: 2,039 Rare

    No interest in Blizzard or WoW.  My reaction!    YES!!!!!    Go Blizzard.   Kill those evil botters!  

    I wonder if there is some way you could actually go after the players who use bots.   Perhaps not, but I could fantasize, right?

  • syriinxsyriinx New York, NYMember Posts: 1,306 Uncommon
    Originally posted by DamonVile
    this will hurt the lame players who bot ( which is a good thing ) but it will still do nothing to the account hackers which is where the gold selling is really coming from.

    While it still happens, the amount of hacking in WoW is down drastically from where it was.

  • DamonVileDamonVile Vancouver, BCMember Posts: 4,818
    Originally posted by syriinx
    Originally posted by DamonVile
    this will hurt the lame players who bot ( which is a good thing ) but it will still do nothing to the account hackers which is where the gold selling is really coming from.

    While it still happens, the amount of hacking in WoW is down drastically from where it was.

    I wouldn't be so sure. When you have millions of accounts inactive with people that are never going to go back to them, you really have no idea how many of them are getting hacked.

    The story of I reactivated my account and found everything gone wasn't all that uncommon. You could be right though. The demand for gold in wow may be dropping. The subs would indicate the interest in it is starting to go down.

  • RenoakuRenoaku Member Posts: 1,211 Uncommon

    Blizzard is a greedy company going after companies like Glider it is a reason I no longer play wow besides the many in-game reasons.

    [mod edit]

    I find it stupid that blizzard targets program creators of bot programs when programs like Isboxer, G15 Software, or any macro software can easily bot the game I could write my own bot with any basic macro program on the internet to bot wow although I am totally legit and don't use bots.

  • flizzerflizzer Manchester, NHMember Posts: 2,039 Rare
    And I say lets get rid of them all!  
  • NevulusNevulus Miami Beach, FLMember Posts: 1,288 Uncommon
    Originally posted by syriinx
    Originally posted by DamonVile
    this will hurt the lame players who bot ( which is a good thing ) but it will still do nothing to the account hackers which is where the gold selling is really coming from.

    While it still happens, the amount of hacking in WoW is down drastically from where it was.

    where is your proof? Thought so.

  • Synns77Synns77 StaffsMember Posts: 124

    Good, hate botters 

     

  • CrazKanukCrazKanuk Elmira, ONMember Posts: 4,168 Rare

    Hopefully this is one of those cases that will set a precedence for future cases. Not many would be able to drop $7 million on a court case for something that the community loathes, but has become used to. 

     

    Maybe this means that some other games can get rid of their botters, but cheaper. 

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  • SimsuSimsu Member Posts: 377 Uncommon
    Originally posted by Renoaku
    Blizzard is a greedy company going after companies like Glider it is a reason I no longer play wow besides the many in-game reasons.

    It's tough to respect the rest of what you're saying when this is what you open with. Do you really think that bot developer has 7 million in cash lying around to cover this lawsuit? Do you think they have, or will ever have, the means to make that kind of money to pay Blizzard anything? How much money do you think Blizzard spent on prosecuting this case? How much money do you think they spent in tracking down all the botters, banning them, and dealing with all the people who claimed they were unjustly banned?'

    If Blizzard were simply an evil greedy company wouldn't it have been far easier and cheaper to ignore the bots or simply continue to ban them? Don't you think there is a reason why game developers almost never try to prosecute people who are hacking/cheating/botting in or outright pirating their games? Is it possible that it’s far too expensive to prosecute people given that the likelihood of ever seeing a single dime back is infinitesimally small?

  • Ender4Ender4 milwaukee, WIMember Posts: 2,247 Uncommon

    To the people who said why now? Blizzard has been fighting these guys for years and years and years now, they just finally got a judgement. This is why they added the RMAH to D3 in the first place, to try to at least get some cash out of the gold sales that were going to happen no matter what. Good for them. Having said that I don't think I'll buy another Blizzard title~. Tired of how dumbed down they have to make every game these days.

  • KyleranKyleran Paradise City, FLMember Posts: 22,791 Epic
    Glad to see they prevailed in this case, perhaps may start a trend to bring this sort of behavior more under control.

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  • syriinxsyriinx New York, NYMember Posts: 1,306 Uncommon
    Originally posted by Nevulus
    Originally posted by syriinx
    Originally posted by DamonVile
    this will hurt the lame players who bot ( which is a good thing ) but it will still do nothing to the account hackers which is where the gold selling is really coming from.

    While it still happens, the amount of hacking in WoW is down drastically from where it was.

    where is your proof? Thought so.

    And where is the first guy's proof?

     

    There is one very obvious reason why account hacking is nowhere near where it once was: authenticator use.

  • syriinxsyriinx New York, NYMember Posts: 1,306 Uncommon
    Originally posted by Renoaku
    Blizzard is a greedy company going after companies like Glider it is a reason I no longer play wow besides the many in-game reasons. [mod edit] I find it stupid that blizzard targets program creators of bot programs when programs like Isboxer, G15 Software, or any macro software can easily bot the game I could write my own bot with any basic macro program on the internet to bot wow although I am totally legit and don't use bots.

    I can make a bomb out of household ingredients, should we therefore allow bomb manufacturers?

  • MendelMendel Marietta, GAMember Posts: 1,324 Uncommon
    Originally posted by Gravarg
    No death sentence :(   Anyways.  I hope this happens more often.

    No death sentence.  'ordered to fully cease operations'.   Sounds like a death sentence to me.

    Blizzard := Blizzard + $7 million;

    Logic, my dear, merely enables one to be wrong with great authority.

  • MukeMuke Member Posts: 2,460 Uncommon
    Originally posted by Foomerang
    Nice! Hopefully that sends a red flag out to other botting developers.

    Keep wishing, but unfortunately that will never happen.

    "going into arguments with idiots is a lost cause, it requires you to stoop down to their level and you can't win"

  • FoomerangFoomerang Portland, ORMember Posts: 5,606 Uncommon


    Originally posted by Muke
    Originally posted by Foomerang Nice! Hopefully that sends a red flag out to other botting developers.
    Keep wishing, but unfortunately that will never happen.

    never happen? it just did! :P
  • daltaniousdaltanious waMember Posts: 2,282 Uncommon
    Great victory for gaming.
  • NewfrNewfr MoscowMember Posts: 132 Uncommon
    Well, that was American base huge corporation vs American based company. I wonder why it took so long. But i really don't see a point in whooping and cheering because, you know, doing the same thing to some China based company (for example, as most gold selling sites lead to that country) is a whole another story. They were in WoW from day one and they are still there and i don't see something going to change in near future.
  • expressoexpresso meMember Posts: 2,218 Uncommon
    I used Glidder back when TBC was out to level my professions........... there I said it, never felt good about it always felt like I was cheating the system and was always nervous when I turned my monitor back on in the morning to see If I was logged in, then checking the chat log to see if anyone had tried to talk to me, living on the edge.
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