This just in: Blizzard sues the pants off of private server owner

#1 Edited by Karn (690 posts) -
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Apparently a private server for World of Warcraft started to use a type of micro-transaction for in-game items and Blizzard got pissy and sued. The settlement? 88 million dollars.
 
USD
 
United States Dollars
 
THE CURRENCY
 
How in Shoemaker's name could anyone expect that money to ever be payed off?
 

"A judge in the California Central District Court ruled Thursday that Scapegaming, also known as Alyson Reeves, has lost its lawsuit against Blizzard. Scapegaming had set up private Blizzard servers that included a microtransactions market. Blizzard sued them in October 2009 for copyright infringement. 
 

"The total reward of $88,594,589 comes from $3,053,339 of inappropriate profits, $63,600 of attorney's fees, and $85,478,600 of statutory damages. "
#2 Posted by alternate (2696 posts) -

It is sending a message.  One assumes he will immediately declare himself bankrupt.  He would have slipped under the radar if he hadn't tried to make money off it.

#3 Posted by Hockeymask27 (3683 posts) -

The problem is he tried to make money off someone else's game. If he would have just run the sever while still questionable blizzard would have just let it go.


#4 Posted by RaceKickfist (218 posts) -
#5 Posted by Karn (690 posts) -
@RaceKickfist: You're basically fucked.
#6 Edited by HitmanAgent47 (8576 posts) -

Be brave and commit suicide to pay off your gambling debts. That's what whoever set up that server should do.

#7 Posted by TooWalrus (13169 posts) -

I'm fine with that. They were using Blizzards game to make themselves some huge profit, without actually doing any work themselves. They deserve to bankrupt themselves.

#8 Posted by Jeffsekai (7027 posts) -

So with all this extra money can we have cross region play now?

#9 Posted by LoggerRythm (190 posts) -

Jesus.     Might as well just throw them in jail and take all their stuff.     Force them to move off planet even.

#10 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -

My main argument is that Blizzard and the third party fan sites are saying that all private servers go against their terms of service and is copyright infringing. I don't understand how that is. I paid for their game. If I choose not to pay for their service then that's fine, let me choose another server that I don't have to pay for.

#11 Posted by Gizmo (5389 posts) -

88 million dollars? Who do they think they are suing, BP?

#12 Posted by Cube (4366 posts) -

I mean, really? Come on, Activision. 

#13 Posted by Karn (690 posts) -
@ch13696 said:
" My main argument is that Blizzard and the third party fan sites are saying that all private servers go against their terms of service and is copyright infringing. I don't understand how that is. I paid for their game. If I choose not to pay for their service then that's fine, let me choose another server that I don't have to pay for. "
Private servers usually have a client to download which gives you WoW for free. Then again, you can get WoW for free by using a trial and downloading the core game that way.
#14 Posted by TheHT (11153 posts) -

Well hell, it's a stupid idea askin for microtransactions. Really just asking for trouble, which they found.

#15 Posted by Lone_f (281 posts) -

IT'S OVER NINE THOUSAND!!!!

#16 Posted by Deusoma (3005 posts) -
@TheHT said:
" Well hell, it's a stupid idea askin for microtransactions. Really just asking for trouble, which they found. "
This. What did they expect would happen? They may be the same people, but they are Activision-Blizzard now. There's a certain expectation with that name.
#17 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -

Most private servers have microtransactions. The majority of the popular ones you can pay for "VIP Weapons" and stuff.

#18 Posted by Apathylad (3066 posts) -
@CL60 said:
" Most private servers have microtransactions. The majority of the popular ones you can pay for "VIP Weapons" and stuff. "
For other games? Have any of those servers gotten shut down and the owners sued?
#19 Posted by Jeknod (228 posts) -
@HitmanAgent47 said:
"

Be brave and commit suicide to pay off your gambling debts. That's what whoever set up that server should do.

"
You would recommend a 22-year old woman to commit suicide?
#20 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

They knew the risks when they began making money off of someone else's game. They had it coming to them.
#21 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -
@Apathylad said:
" @CL60 said:
" Most private servers have microtransactions. The majority of the popular ones you can pay for "VIP Weapons" and stuff. "
Have any of those servers gotten shut down and the owners sued? "
Not that I know of.
#22 Posted by Mattalorian (594 posts) -

Moral of this story: Don't mess with Activision.

#23 Edited by TheHT (11153 posts) -
@CL60 said:

" Most private servers have microtransactions. The majority of the popular ones you can pay for "VIP Weapons" and stuff. "

The only ones I've seen are pegged as 'gifts' that happen to correlate with 'donations'. Semantics, I know, but that's what gets around laws after all.
#24 Posted by august (3836 posts) -

The total amount she has to pay is insane, but it also looks like she made about 3 mil before getting caught, which is also insane. I don't know if that's what I'd really call a "private server" at that point.

#25 Posted by Prolix (188 posts) -

Hopefully the thieves will be imprisoned in federal prison if they can't pay them!  Damn scum! 

#26 Posted by Willy105 (4690 posts) -

Well, he was stealing off other's people's stuff.
 
That's what happens.

#27 Edited by IBurningStar (2164 posts) -

A couple of years ago Blizzard came out and said that they will soon be taking legal action against private servers. They gave all the owners of these servers the opportunity to shut them down and just walk away. If they did so, then that would be it.  Sadly, not everyone went along with this and...well, this is what happened. 
 
Also, if I remember correctly, you can accuse private servers of piracy, theft of services, and I think breach of contract. That might not be the right wording or names for things, so don't quote me on them. Also, when you buy WoW you have to create an account if you want to play. You do not own this account, Blizzard does. The fee you pay from that point on is for the right to access this account. So if you are playing this game outside of a trail membership but you never bought a copy of WoW, then that is theft. Downloading and using the patches and the content in the game without paying the company for the right to do so, theft of services. You agree to understanding this when you accept the ToS.
 
Getting involved in all that and then making money off of it....bad, bad idea.

#28 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -
@Karn said:
" @ch13696 said:
" My main argument is that Blizzard and the third party fan sites are saying that all private servers go against their terms of service and is copyright infringing. I don't understand how that is. I paid for their game. If I choose not to pay for their service then that's fine, let me choose another server that I don't have to pay for. "
Private servers usually have a client to download which gives you WoW for free. Then again, you can get WoW for free by using a trial and downloading the core game that way. "
Hell, where are these private servers at? The ones that I've played so far, always mentioned that you must have WoW and all the expansions to play. I guess Blizzard needs to rethink how they distribute those trials.
#29 Posted by Hamz (6846 posts) -

Good for Blizzard, about time a game company took a stand against the more nefarious players out there and protected their intellectual properties. That private server made $3million+ in profits from those micro-transactions. That isn't right, not at all.

#30 Posted by jim_dandy (891 posts) -

Took money off of someone else's game.  
 
This lawsuit seems legitimate, despite the amount of the claim.

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