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Posted: Nov 10th 2007 7:18AM Ghen said

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Well its definitely interesting, but there's a million and a half lawsuits every day. I'm not sure this guy can claim personal damages though unless blizzard actually joins the plaintiff team and sits at the table with him.

Posted: Nov 10th 2007 7:53AM (Unverified) said

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Well I never buy gold of that or any other site, but hope they do not loss that trail, I not want this site to loss one sponsored link. Its way to good, keep the news coming Massively ;)

Posted: Nov 10th 2007 10:03AM Krystalle Voecks said

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Just as a heads up, there is no connection between Massively or Weblogs, Inc. and IGE. We use Google for the embedded search function, and -they- have IGE as a sponsor.

This is also why we are working very hard to remove all Google ads from the site. As a company we do not, nor will we ever, support the use of gold sellers or paid power-leveling services in MMOs.
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Posted: Nov 10th 2007 9:55AM RogueJedi86 said

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Does anyone know what ever happened with Blizzard's lawsuit against Peons4Hire? Blizz made a post saying they were suing them, then we never heard anything else about it.

Posted: Nov 10th 2007 1:01PM (Unverified) said

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If I'm not mistaken IGE doesn't actually directly farm for gold or items in the games that it sells gold for. They rely upon third party farmers who bring the items and gold that they have farmed to IGE who buys them at a substantially lower price than what they turn around and resell them at. If this is true then this lawsuit is probably going nowhere fast.

Posted: Nov 11th 2007 12:38PM (Unverified) said

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The plaintiffs allege that IGE employees actually do the gold farming.

They may be defining "employee" fairly loosely, but that's the kind of thing that isn't going to come up until the late stages of the case, so is unlikely to undermine their claims even if the people who farm aren't given paychecks directly by IGE. And legally, if IGE is paying people money for gold (which they are) there's a reasonable argument that they're employing them, even if it isn't a traditional employment relationship.

Posted: Nov 11th 2007 12:41PM (Unverified) said

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@5, I'm planning to run an update on the Blizzard case against Peons4Hire next week at VirtuallyBlind.

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