Yesterday, Antonio Hernandez on behalf of a Florida law firm filed a Consumer Class Action Complaint on behalf of all US World of Warcraft players against IGE alleging the following:
1. This case involves IGE’s calculated decision to reap substantial profits by knowingly interfering with and substantially impairing the indtended use and enjoyment associated with the consumer agreements between Blizzard Entertainment and subscribers to its virtual world called World of Warcraft (“Subscribers”).
2. Specifically, over the past several years IGE has received tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of dollars by selling World of Warcraft virtual property or currency generated by cheap labor in third world countries. This process of generating virtual assets and then selling them through eBay or other industry websites is known as “gold farming”, “real money trade” or “RMT”.
3. IGE’s gold farming activities not only substantially diminish the enjoyment and satisfaction consumers obtain by earning, through the expenditure of vast amounts of time and energy, virtual assets within World of Warcraft, they also violate the express terms of agreements Subscribers enter into to participate in World of Warcraft. Indeed, the express terms of Blizzard Entertainment’s agreements with its Subscribers for World of Warcraft specifically prohibit the sale of any World of Warcraft virtual assets or property.
4. Through this lawsuit, Mr. Hernandez, individually and on behalf of all other similarly situated consumers, seeks both money damanges and to enjoin IGE’s gold farming activities.
They are seeking compensation for damages for IGE’s actions in the RMT industry. Lots of law suits flying around lately!
It will be interesting to see how this plays out! You can find a PDF of the Lawsuit here:
[URL=http://www.warcraftrealms.com/temp/ige-classaction.pdf]IGE Class Action Lawsuit[/URL]
To get info or updates or to join the lawsuit, go here