A lot of people have most likely heard the origins of the story; Way back in 2006 Vivendi Universal took Michael Donnelly, creator of the MMO Glider bot used by a relatively small amount of people within World of Warcraft, to court. Now two years down the line the story is finally coming to a close.
Though Blizzard won their case in July, they’ve only now received news that they are to be awarded $6 million in compensation – an act they may still choose to appeal in favour of an increased pay out – with further issues such as did the bot break the Digital Millenium Copyright Act and whether Mr Donnely will be paying the damages out of pocket still to be addressed.
“Blizzard’s designs expectations are frustrated, and resources are allocated unevenly, when bots are introduced into the WoW universe, because bots spend far more time in-game than an ordinary player would and consume resources the entire time.”
It all seems to be a moot point really. Sure, one guy could quite possibly be out of pocket $6 million, but MMOGlider’s website still appears to be very much alive, and there’ll always be botters in an MMO just like Gold Farmers and 12 year olds. At the end of the day what this trial basically means is that, in theory, if you leave your character logged into World of Warcraft 24/7: Blizzard will sue you.