Court: No, You Can't Sell Software To Cheat In World Of Warcraft

Big win for Blizzard: the gaming company won a $6M summary judgment against MDY Industries, which sold an auto-playing program called “Glider” that let World of Warcraft players walk away from their computer and return a few hours later with a more powerful character and a big stack of gold. Translation: Glider let players cheat. 

Really a problem? In court documents, Blizzard says they received 465,000 complaints about automated programs (“bots”) like Glider operating inside the game. The antisocial aspects of Warcraft are already pretty bad — ever suffer a butt-kicking from an obnoxious 12-year-old punk with a +18 sword of newb-slaying, taunting you all the while? An unrestrained arms race of cheating programs could change the online gaming social environment from difficult to intolerable — something the entire industry needs to prevent if it hopes to appeal to a more mainstream audience.

See also: World Of Warcraft Geeks, Other Gamers Throw Down $1 Billion On Subscriptions

NOW WATCH: Tech Insider videos

Want to read a more in-depth view on the trends influencing Australian business and the global economy? BI / Research is designed to help executives and industry leaders understand the major challenges and opportunities for industry, technology, strategy and the economy in the future. Sign up for free at research.businessinsider.com.au.

Tagged In

gaming sai-us