Blizzard Decries Virtual Item Trade

Date: 12-20-2007 Views:
KeyWord: Blizzard, World of Warcraft
Summary:In a post on the website of next-gen.biz, a Blizzard representative said Blizzard does not allow items to be sold for real money

Major MMO makers like Funcom and SOE are on board with a new company that promises to "legitimize" the real money trade of virtual goods, but World of Warcraft house Blizzard tells Next-Gen that it#DY#s still against the practice regardless.

In a post on the website of next-gen.biz, a Blizzard representative said Blizzard does not allow items to be sold for real money

"We do not have any plans to support out-of-game trading for World of Warcraft anytime in the near future, The game#DY#s Terms of Use clearly states that all World of Warcraft content is the property of Blizzard Entertainment, and Blizzard does not allow #DY#in-game#DY# items to be sold for real money.

"Not only do we believe that doing so would be illegal, but it also has the potential to damage the game economy and overall experience for the many thousands of others who play World of Warcraft for fun."

Blizzard#DY#s statement continues, "In order to promote a fun and fair environment for all of our players, we constantly investigate any violation of our Terms of Use and will take any and all actions necessary, from suspensions and permanent bans up to legal action, to stop this behavior. While we can understand the temptation to purchase items for real money, we feel that players can find ample equipment and money for their characters within the game through their own adventuring and questing."

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