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PayPal teams up with Blizzard to stop Gold sellers in WoW

Friday, 28th January 2011 20:41 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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The war against Gold sellers in WoW just got hotter, as Blizzard has sent notice to sellers through PayPal claiming their actions are “intellectual properties violations.”

Last week, Blizzard contacted PayPal over the Gold selling issue, and now PayPal has sent word to the sellers, stating they must cease and desist what they are doing or they will no long be able to use PayPal for as a payment method.

Here is PayPal’s letter:

You were reported to PayPal as an Intellectual Properties violation by Blizzard Entertainment Inc. for the sale of World of Warcraft Merchandise.

If you feel your sales do not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of the Reporting Party, please complete the attached Objection to Infringement Report by January 21, 2011.

The completed form should be faxed to the attention of the Acceptable Use Policy Department at [number removed] or emailed to [email removed].

Should you choose not to object to the report, you will be required to remove all World of Warcraft Merchandise from the website [url removed] in order to comply with the Acceptable Use Policy.

This is one of the easiest ways to nip it in the bud, we reckon, and good for Blizzard too. Damn Gold sellers, spamming up the game chat lines and all that.

Thanks, WoW Insider.

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  1. TheWulf

    Oh Blizzard, this is why you’re not too likeable.

    Take a page out of the book of Valve – if you have players making money off something, make it official, and setup a marketplace where people can buy and sell items for real money.

    You can’t beat gold-sellers, Blizzard, you can only make yourself ever more and more unpopular. There’s a whole bloody nation of gold-sellers out there, somewhere, and there’s just no way to stop them.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    Valve aren’t selling any items that aren’t already obtainable through playing the game. Last time I checked Blizzard were already selling the same kind of cosmetic upgrades as Valve offer in their store.

    The auction house is an integral part of WoW, and openly allowing people to gain an advantage over everybody else would not only make the game less fun for those who don’t want to invest more than 10 dollars a month, it would also turn it into one of those have-and-have-nots microtransaction games where a small elite pounds the majority.

    A guy could buy a million gold, buy out the gems of every single person on the auction house and post them for an insane price. Bingo, server ruined for everyone who don’t want to buy a million gold.

    Of course they could make the currency based on effort, like justice points, or make riding skill purchaseable with either G or dollars, but I’m pretty sure they’re proud of their little economic system as is.

    … And it would turn their community into whiny little bitches who cry about Blizzard wanting to exploit and extort them by offering them the choice to buy certain services, inevitably blaming Bobby Kotick for world hunger and AIDS.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Stephany Nunneley

    “inevitably blaming Bobby Kotick for world hunger and AIDS,” – :D

    #3 3 years ago
  4. The_Red

    @3
    Wait! Are you denying that!?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. theevilaires

    gay…. paypal mind your business

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Gurdil

    TEA if I recall you are against piracy, which is an understandable stand, right? But now you’re saying gold sellers should be allowed to do business? I already imagine you’re gonna say that Blizzard is getting its month fee either way but these guys are making money on something they’re not responsible for. At least piracy generates little revenue for the “sharers” (I know some of them get paid by ads and the likes but c’mon it’s nothing compared to what these infamous “chinese farmers” get)

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Callum

    Good lord, if you were buying gold why the hell would you do it through paypal?! They are absolute thieving bastards at that company!

    @3 sort of happened on my server before Cataclysm. One guy got over 100,000 gold just by playing the game legitimately, he even got warning messages from GM’s saying he had to reduce his wealth or it could affect the economy of the server. All he did was enchanting, he had all the recipes and never charged for anything, even the top end ones. Eventually he bought out every single jewel on the server for about 2 weeks while he made a mint on another character selling them extortionately. Blizzard couldn’t do anything because it was obvious he had never bought any gold xD

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DSB

    @7 That sounds like griefing to me, and I believe Blizzard does have a rule against that.

    Still, those are the kind of stories that fill a WoW player with awe every time :p

    #8 3 years ago
  9. OlderGamer

    My solution:

    Everything in the game is BOA. All nodes are instanced to the player. Period. Solves almost everything.

    AH? Don’t need it. But how will people make money? Don’t need to.

    Of course players can get gold, but you use the vendors to sell things to, and buy things from.

    I know its radical, but the problem is so savere the solution needs to be radical.

    I bitched so much at Blizz I just got a free authenticator. I won’t play anymore(ever), but wanted it to lock down my battlenet account for SC2, DiabloII, and the up and coming DiabloIII.

    The one and only thing that needs to be done is for players to not have their expeirneces ruined by other players.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. GwynbleiddiuM

    only 6 years too late…

    #10 3 years ago