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World of Warcraft screenshots taken in-game reportedly include user account names, server IP

Tuesday, 11th September 2012 19:26 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

World of Warcraft screenshots taken while pushing your print screen button while in-game are adding watermarks to user shots, according to a Slashdot report.

Over on the OwnedCore forum, users claim the watermark reveals user IDs, a timestamp, and IP address of the server used.

The artifacts were noticed when the images were sharpened, and a pattern embedded in the shot appeared, and it seems this has been going on since “at least 2008.”

PCGamer offered a possible explanation: “the watermark could be used to track down players who are running private servers, or otherwise breaking the terms of service, and have been silly enough to take a picture of their infringing activity.”

The site also said to avoid such watermarking, use a third-party program to chronicle your deeds in-game, or set the in-game shot option to the “highest possible quality” at it will remove the watermark.

Blizzard has yet to confirm or comment on the matter as of press time. confirmation and comment.

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  1. TheWulf

    Well then.

    Not surprising, really. Blizzard likes their corporate security. One of the things that turned me off of WoW is warden, and warden’s unannounced rummaging through your computer is borderline illegal (it’s a massive grey area, at best).

    Oh, and then there’s that whole Starcraft II debacle, what with wanting to own all the mods and all. Which lead to some truly embarrassing craziness on their part with that whole World of Starcraft fiasco.

    Soooo… nothing to see, here. This is just Blizzard being Blizzard.

    I am amused by their ongoing paranoia, though.

    -Edit-

    Waaait. This could be subverted. I can see people creating and uploading screenshots now with fake IPs. It would be incredibly easy to do this.

    Ohhh boy. This is going to have interesting results.

    So either Blizz has to be prepared for some false positives, or they’re fuming right now over how this has been discovered and that they can’t use it any more.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. GwynbleiddiuM

    @1 ROFL, How’s that invasion of your computer? as the article says, it’s been going on since 2008, 4 years to be exact. If that helps them to keep the game safer and healthier, I don’t see the harm in it. They use the data that the game is already collecting and uses for authentication anyway!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Kabby

    It would be quite shady to do this without expressly informing your customers of such functionality.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight

    @3

    They do if you read the Eula.

    #4 2 years ago