World of Warcraft Player Sues IGE

The Escapist is reporting on this suit, in which a World of Warcraft player is suing IGE. For those unfamiliar, IGE is a major seller of in game gold for a number of high profile games.

The suit essentially alleges that through their business activities, IGE is diluting the player experience. These allegations are made through a combination of consumer protection laws and interference with the contract of a third party.

The claim is in one way novel and in another way analogous to many other consumer protection claims. However, it will still stand to face the noticeable issue that Blizzard has elected not to pursue legal action in this matter. Arguably, Blizzard, as the purveyor of World of Warcraft, is in the better position to pursue IGE for selling gold as violations of the Terms of Service and License Agreement.

The outcome of this could also be critical to the virtual world, as it may clearly define who really has the power to sue over in-game activities, the game company or the player.

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5 Responses to World of Warcraft Player Sues IGE

  1. drall says:

    Hi,
    I just need some help.
    One month ago Blizzard give me an unreasonable ban account “Type of Violation: Involvement in online trading activities
    “. I write some email with deiscaimer but They just say “we can confirm that the evidence presented was correct”. O.k. but I`m 100% sure in my innocent.
    What I can do against BLizzard` lawlessness?

  2. Lenin says:

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  3. Stian Hill says:

    Hi I 2 get the same..
    here is the e-mail

    Greetings,

    We are writing to inform you that we have, unfortunately, had to cancel your World of Warcraft account:

    Account Name: AXACHI
    Type of Violation: Involvement in online trading activities
    Investigation Concluded: 26/09/2008
    Consequences for Account: Account Cancellation

    It is with regret that we take this type of action, however, it is in the best interest of the World of Warcraft community as a whole, and for the integrity of the game, that your access to the World of Warcraft servers be cancelled.

    Online trading refers to the exchange of in-game content for real world money, and includes, but is not limited to, the sale or purchase of gold, the sale or purchase of experience in the form of powerlevelling, and the sale or purchase of honor points, reputation or items.

    Account access is the responsibility of the account owner and account sharing is against our Terms of Use (http://www.wow-europe.com/en/legal/termsofuse.html). Therefore, should you believe someone other than yourself (the account owner) has committed this violation of the Terms of Use with your account, these sanctions would still apply, as our action is taken against the account, not the individual.

    If you wish to review our current Rules and Polices, they can be found at:
    http://www.wow-europe.com/en/policy/

    Regards,

    Account Administration Team
    Blizzard Entertainment Europe

    So where are my rights??
    and who the F%¤%&# hacked my account?

  4. Stian Hill says:

    The funny thing is I stoped playing years ago…:)

    I wanna Sue as well. but hey Blizzard should PAY as well.

    best for the community (man they ride a high horse over there)

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