Wargaming cracks down on fansites with EULA changes

    
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Well... huh.
Stealthy changes to Wargaming’s North American end user license agreement has some of its games’ fansites worried that the company may be overstepping its bounds and attempting to censor content that it does not like.

Fansites are now told not to post anything that is “disparaging” toward Wargaming, including articles that may damage the reputation of the studio and its titles. If this is done, Wargaming has threatened to terminate that fansite’s contract and close down that user’s account.

It doesn’t stop there, according to World of Tanks fansite The Armored Patrol: “Wargaming has decided you don’t own anything you buy from them. From now on, we are spending money on things we have no rights to anymore. The KV-5 nerf is just the start. With this EULA, all our premiums are at risk. Now… do they really want to control the playerbase that hard?!”

Source: The Armored Patrol. Thanks Sally!
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Schlag Sweetleaf

Where never is heard a disparaging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day…

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Utakata

We can defend them till the cows come home about their legal and/or deity given rights to do this. The elephant in the room though, is the degree of anti-social paranoia exhibited by the upper management that they need to issue these types of changes to EULA, must be at an all time high. o.O

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dixa

The president acts like this, so of course companies will begin to follow suit.

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Godnaz

Wargaming Studios is in Nicosia, Greece..

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Utakata

Thanks for the FYI. I am not sure it has a point though. O.o

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Richie Shoemaker

Nicosia is in Cyprus, not Greece.

Wargaming’s head office in Cyprus is not a studio. It’s there for tax purposes.

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Minimalistway

Come on now … this is not the first time a company try to control what people are saying about it, many companies tried this before, not just gaming companies, they are using laws from 1998.

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Utakata

Off-Topic:

While I agree Trump has considerably lowered the bar on many standards and professionalism on many levels in becoming POTUS, he wasn’t the first one. Nor will he be the last. As I am sure this type stuff existed long before his name became a brand or a problem. Just saying.

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Bruno Brito

Pretty much.

Trump is more of a moron than a malignant jack, honestly. The country will be “fine” as in it’ll recuperate.

It’s the malignant crowd that worries me. Mussolini, Hitler, parties that actually are smart and visionary and see beyond the scope of the now that are scary. Those people will leave a deep scar in said countries, and they’ll take a toll in the history, no matter how farther you are from them.

I believe Putin to be one of those. He’ll leave a deep scar on Russia.

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Gnomeland Security

This is the case with literally every gaming company. Virtual goods, you don’t own them (but bruh I paid $9.99 for that tank!). Anything you post to their websites is theirs, they own the domains. There’s a few that also have clauses for “monetary gain”…You want to make money streaming or YouTubing they want to make money on game development and sales.

The arbitration clauses are dumb, but also not uncommon. This is their product and just like many other companies in many fields they want to protect THEIR PRODUCT. Sucks, but welcome to life~

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Sally Bowls

You may not own those pixels but IMO the distinction is how long you can use them.

I see a real distinction between

1) You can use the $25 Blizzard sparklepony for as long as the servers are on.

2) You can use the $25 tank for as long as the servers are on or until WG doesn’t like what you say about them.

It’s not about ownership, it is about revoking the prepaid rental.

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kgptzac

Did you know that Blizzard also can ban your account for any reason or no reason whatsoever? After you’re banned guess what happens to your access to the digital pixels you purchased? :)

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cmdr_cotic

Ugh what is it with these companies? I was just reading about Flight Sim Labs and their awful attitude towards players and threatening legal action towards reddit for opinions they don’t like.

Don’t they realise that in trying to control the narrative it will only backfire on them in a spectacular way?

The flight sin lab stuff for anyone interested https://www.reddit.com/r/flightsim/comments/8nxcl5/an_open_letter_to_flight_sim_labs/

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Arktouros

do they really want to control the playerbase that hard?!

Yes.

What you going to do? Go play the other multiplayer tank/ship/planes/etc lobby game?

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Bree Royce

I mean, there are like 4 of them, and some people say they are better than Wargaming’s versions, so… yes? :D

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Dro Gul

They can only do to us what we allow them. Have some self-respect and tell these jokers to kiss our butts.

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Indigo Salma

So if they fuck up and anger people with their mistakes we are not supposed to speak up about it?
Yea no , that’s plain censorship of things you don’t want to be publicized cause you messed up and don’t want people to know of you fuckups.

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IronSalamander8 .

I enjoyed the heck out of WoT for quite a while but they have always been heavy handed on these things and I was getting frustrated with the game back about the time Garden Warfare 2 launched and quit after unlocking the tier 10 Japanese heavy tank.

Just not worth it unless they clean up their act and the community becomes less toxic. It was pretty awful when I played.

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Armsbend

Wargaming is just user accepted spyware. I don’t care how fun the game might be (it’s not) – it isn’t worth letting them into your home.