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Posted: Jan 4th 2008 8:07AM Ghen said

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That is interesting. Who would've thought the feds would be that hip?

Posted: Jan 4th 2008 12:34PM (Unverified) said

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Thanks for the link to Virtually Blind. Cool stuff.

I'm curious about Blizzard's stance on this case. I WANT to believe that they would get involved and help stop the farmers. They'll probably ignore it or turn a blind eye towards the "paying accounts".

Posted: Jan 4th 2008 1:51PM (Unverified) said

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It is our understanding that Blizzard supports the action in principle. Whether that translates to practical support of the legal action in any substantive way, we'll have to wait and see.

Posted: Jan 4th 2008 3:47PM (Unverified) said

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Blizzard did a press release saying they support it. Here's how it may play out.

The theory of this case is "third party beneficiary to a contract." That sounds complex, but it's basically saying that everybody who plays WoW is the "beneficiary" of the agreement Blizzard makes with all the other players, including IGE's gold farmers. So everybody (the class) is suing IGE, and saying that when IGE broke their contract with Blizzard (by farming gold, spamming chat, camping spawns, etc.) they hurt everybody else.

Here's the key -- for the lawsuit to work, "everybody else" has to be the *intended* beneficiary of the contract, and that's usually really hard to prove.

But if Blizzard supports this, all they have to do is file a declaration saying that everybody else *was* the intended beneficiaries, and the problem largely goes away.

I'm oversimplifying some, but basically, yes... it's a very big deal that Blizzard supports it, and if they put their money where their mouth is when it comes time to file a declaration, they could significantly help the case against IGE. My guess is that they did that press release (available at the link below) as a shot across the bow of IGE, and that they will step up when it comes time.

http://www.igeclassaction.com/?p=5

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