Everyone knows the name “World of Warcraft” by now. Whether its from those painful commercials, friends who play, or you play yourself. Its pretty much a house hold name now, like Mr.Clean or Schneiders, only more nerdy and less useful.
If by the off chance you don’t, its the worlds most popular MMORPG to date. Basing itself off the roots of Blizzards previous RTS titles, Warcraft 1 through 3, it’s gained over 11.5 million subscribers. Basically you make a character, level up in a world filled with other online players, and do a certain amount of questing and farming. And by “certain amount” I mean large amount, keeping people entertained for years. Years of monthly payments for Blizzard.
Unfortunately MDY intended to crash Blizzards party by producing an intelligent bot, called Glider, that could take control of players characters and level them up while the user wasn’t playing. Good news for players, bad news for Blizzard.
Now some of you might be asking, “Why is it bad for Blizzard?”. Even though players would still have to play the monthly fee while using the bot, they would be using at times when they wouldn’t normally play.
For example, if you were to run the bot while you were at work, you would be earning experience points you wouldn’t usually gain, meaning that you’ll level up more in less days than usual. What this means for Blizzard is losing your business prematurely because you’ve reached max level in a shorter time span.
Obviously, Blizzard is smarter then me and figured this out, and have countered the attack in a legal fashion.
After Blizzard requested that MDY stop its allegedly infringing and tortious activities, the companies landed in federal court in Arizona. Following summary judgment and trial, MDY was found to have infringed Blizzard’s copyrights, unlawfully circumvented the DMCA, and tortiously interfered with Blizzard’s contracts. As a remedy, the court imposed not only an injunction and damages on MDY, but found its owner, Donnelly, personally liable. MDY appealed the case to the Ninth Circuit, where it is now pending. Oral argument is scheduled for later this fall.
-American Bar Association
What this basically means is MDY screwed up and the founder of the bot, Michael Donnelly, is probably going to pay big money for messing with big fish. Of course, you know, this means war(craft).