Blizzard wins Warcraft bot battle

Blizzard has won the first round of a legal battle against the maker of software that automates game play in World of Warcraft.

It brought the case against MDY Industries claiming its WowGlider program infringed its copyright.

An Arizona district court has ruled MDY does infringe Blizzard's copyright but not in the way the game maker claimed.

WowGlider controls characters in Warcraft so they kill enemies and loot them automatically.

The summary judgement by US District Court Judge David Campbell says that MMOGlider, as the software is now called, breaks the terms of the license players agree to abide by when they run World of Warcraft (WoW).

Despite this decision Justice Campbell did not side with Blizzard in its claim that MMOGlider broke the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

MMOGlider is the creation of MDY founder Michael Donnelly and more than 100,000 copies of the $25 (£12.47) tool are thought to have been sold.

It has proved popular as it helps players overcome the "grind" involved in turning low level WoW characters into more powerful ones.

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Good news for Blizzard and legitimate players.

As far as gold farmers go: if people wouldn't buy the gold, then the farmers wouldn't be there.

Speaking of which, why does Neowin have WoW gold ads?

(Xeta said @ #5)
Good news for Blizzard and legitimate players.

As far as gold farmers go: if people wouldn't buy the gold, then the farmers wouldn't be there.

Speaking of which, why does Neowin have WoW gold ads?


Because neowin's side job is selling WoW gold. Everyone knows they don't make enough just from the banners all over the website. Duh!!

I'm glad they're cracking down on cheaters, but it will ALWAYS be full of exploiters. Think about the thousands of sweat-shop workers in Asia who play WoW all day to make virtual gold then sell it back to players. Blizzard can't stop them.

(RPDL said @ #4)
I'm glad they're cracking down on cheaters, but it will ALWAYS be full of exploiters. Think about the thousands of sweat-shop workers in Asia who play WoW all day to make virtual gold then sell it back to players. Blizzard can't stop them.

theyd stick out like a sore thumb if they were all behind the same NAT.

Guess I better get my paladin leveled soon if I decide to play WoW again. I used glider to level to 60 once in the past, after I leveled two toons to 70 on my own.

(KavazovAngel said @ #2)
Good for Blizzard. Good for the real players too.

You can't be proud in having a high lvl character without cheating, in fact is a sign of the lack of real life.

hah.. I saw this in action and didn't know what the hell to think. I was in an area and this character ran from mob to mob in the same mountain. Days later.. the character was still there doing the same thing...

Now I know what they were using!!!