Benjamin Duranske at Virtually Blind kicks off coverage of another virtual worlds lawsuit. In this case, it's a third-party beneficiary contract class action claim (Whew. Try saying that three times fast) against IGE and their alleged actions in World of Warcraft.
The plaintiffs allege, basically, that IGE is gold-farming, spawn-camping, devaluing gold, spamming chat, and generally screwing up the experience for everyone else.
The plaintiffs claim damage as a class as third-party-beneficiaries on the understanding that the WoW ToU and EULA are supposed to protect players as a whole (and Blizzard) against just this sort of thing.
While third-party beneficiary contract claims are generally pretty hard to argue, Blizzard supports the class-action, and that could make all the difference if they are willing to come to the party.
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