Blizzard ordered to pay costs in stymied lawsuit against gold seller

    
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It’s not always a foregone conclusion that Blizzard will emerge triumphant from its many court cases. Recently, it chalked one up in the “loss” column, as a judge ruled against the studio’s request for an injunction against Diablo gold-selling company Bossland GmbH. Blizzard brought the lawsuit to bear in Germany, claiming that the actions of the website were “anti-competitive.” A lower court had issued a temporary injunction, but a regional court overturned it and recommended Blizzard withdraw its application. After the decision, Blizzard was subsequently ordered to pay for the cost of both cases.

While some gamers have attributed the recent wave of bot-using account bans in World of Warcraft — reportedly around 100,000 — as a reaction to the case, the fact that Blizzard has been engaging in these bans for a good period of time now speaks against that conspiracy theory. Even though it bucked the lawsuit against it, WoW botting group Honorbuddy — owned by the aforementioned Bossland GmbH — said that it is packing up and calling it a day as a result of the bans.

In other legal news, Blizzard has reportedly teamed up with Valve in a suit against China’s Lilith Games and Longtu Game, makers of the totally-not-obviously-ripped-off-from-DOTA “DOT Arena” mobile game.

 

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Nosy Gamer Kaloth That post isn’t exactly clear about intention, on top of which these two posts (first is OP, second is the official reply) make it very clear what’s actually happening – it’s not closing down:
https://www.thebuddyforum.com/honorbuddy-forum/216090-honorbuddy-version.html

https://www.thebuddyforum.com/honorbuddy-forum/216090-honorbuddy-version-3.html#post1963672

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TitianHero 

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery huh ? :)

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omedon666 is it legal? Have you seriously never wondered why every single mmo has some kind of intermediary pretend money that they force you to buy? Of course the bullshit they do isn’t legal. At best it’s always been a legal grey line. Just look at how mmos work in korea and china, countries where there are very specific laws to prevent a large amount of the same abuses we see here in the na and eu….

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JudgeDavid101 Western developers being against “evil gold sellers” has never been about fair play. Oh sure, your neighborhood community team has gone through great lengths over the past 10 years to create this huge narrative about how evil and criminal and poopoo heads these “cheaters” are. But in reality, the real reason has ALWASY been along the lines of “God damn why the fuck do we only make 15 dollars a month while these forigners are making hundreds of dollars off the same customers for the same service!? That should be OUR money. ALL OF IT.” And with that short speech, the first cash shop was born.

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“Blizzard has reportedly teamed up with http://massivelyop.com/tag/valve in a http://mmoculture.com/2015/05/blizzard-developer-joins-valve-in-lawsuit-against-china-copycats/, makers of the totally-not-obviously-ripped-off-from-DOTA “DOT Arena” mobile game.”
So after they team up to gank a chinese company for the momba drama they originally sued each other over, are they going to turn on one another again for blizzard blatantly copy and pasting from team fortress?

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Nosy Gamer Kaloth If you were part of the community, you’d know that they’ve already got a working 64bit version, and their reasons for not releasing it have been made numerous times.

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dirtyklingon Rheem Octuris SallyBowls1 CrowingOne  I think they’re just pulling out, all though from what I understand this has been ongoing for 2 years now.

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Kaloth At this time the bot is shut down and a lot of HB users look at this post in the thread linked to in the link you site as evidence that the HB team has given up on WoW.

https://www.thebuddyforum.com/honorbuddy-forum/215021-honorbuddy-bans-statement-62.html#post1959275

Yes, the bot could relaunch. But the bot is written for 32-bit systems, which apparently made it easier to detect. Does Bossland want to spend the time and effort to create a 64-bit version? The indications are that is not going to happen.
It doesn’t mean that Bossland is shutting down. The sentiment is that a lot of people are going to go to Wildstar and use Wildbuddy. The other big game I see mentioned is FFXIV.
Of course, all my information comes from the HB forums, so they could all be wrong.

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I’d like to point out that you’re re-reporting misinformation. Eurogamer falsely reported that honourbuddy is being canned, but if you then follow through that second link to the website of the bot, you’ll find that “packing up and calling it a day” is about as far as possible from the truth as can be.
The minute it takes to read the post there makes it clear that access for bot users has been suspended while they figure out how honourbuddy was detected, and once there’s a new anti-detection method developed it will be right back at it. Heck, there’s even an update to the post stating “We want to be offering Honorbuddy as soon as possible. …”
I appreciate that most news sites just copy-paste from other sites without much research, but c’mon, you posted a link to an official post that contradicts your reporting. Be a little less lazy in fact-checking.

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breetoplay Wratts Futabot CrowingOne 
If you really want to know what happened then why not just find a German lawyer who also speaks flawless English and then have them translate the court’s decision for you.
Compared to Massively’s Golden Yacht, hiring that attorney should be something you could handle from the petty cash fund.