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Star Wars galaxies players to file suit against SOE

Thursday, 30th June 2011 04:31 GMT By Brenna Hillier

A group of over 50 Star Wars Galaxies players are preparing to file a class-action lawsuit against Sony Online Entertainment, in protection of a petition to keep the game open.

VentureBeat reports the disgruntled players will file the suit in Washington in response to SOE’s lock down on petitions to keep the game open.

SOE has reportedly closed down forum threads advertising a petition to keep Star Wars Galaxies open either as is or in a freemium form. One player said he had been identified as a “ring leader” and threatened with both a permanent ban from SOE services and even criminal charges.

The EULA on Star Wars Galaxies is sufficiently broad that the suit may struggle to gain ground; SOE are within their rights to hand down permanent bans for behaviour deemed “inappropriate” or “in violation of the spirit of the game” on its forums, chat servers, and in-game.

Star Wars Galaxies is to be closed in December. The petition to keep it open has gathered over 3,000 signatures.

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  1. Phoenixblight

    Good luck with that. Video games are not a democracy and petitions don’t work and I am pretty sure 3k people can not be enough to support SOE maintenance. Now if the players want to mod the game to go on a private server that is up to them. As far as the lawsuit thats not gonna happen.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. frostquake

    HUGE WASTE OF TIME!!!

    That 800 Page End User Agreement that you didn’t read and just clicked ok on to play the game says..”We can cancel this game at anytime, and users give up ALL rights by playing the game.”

    #2 3 years ago
  3. unacomn

    I think they missed the part where they can’t legally keep the MMO alive if LucasArts says they can’t, which they did.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. TheWulf

    I don’t see the big loss, myself. It just means that there’ll be more drive to complete the completely free server emulator, now.

    This is probably the best thing that could have happened to Star Wars: Galaxies.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Hunam

    ”We can cancel this game at anytime, and users give up ALL rights by playing the game.”

    I just thank god I live in a country where even if I clicked that I still retain all my rights :)

    #5 3 years ago
  6. sebbie16

    Imagine what will happen when they finally decide to take WOW down…

    #6 3 years ago
  7. SplatteredHouse

    Under what possible justifiable grounds could this succeed? For a start, the agreement between the IP holder and publisher dissolves next year!

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Zurtech

    @2 Spot on!

    Not to mention probably had nothing to do with SOE more to do with Lucasarts/film wantin it closed down.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. DarkElfa

    Its so ridiculous that the SWG players can’t understand that Lucas doesn’t want his player base divided between 2 different SW MMO’s.

    #9 3 years ago