Blizzard has won a landmark case against Scapegaming in the U.S. District Court. On August 10, the court ruled that Alyson Reeves of Scapegaming, a group charging World of Warcraft players to access emulator servers, violated Blizzard’s rights and is forced to pay the publisher $88,594,539. This is the latest action taken by Blizzard to protect their intellectual property rights, following last year’s win against MDY Industries, LLC, a creator of a WoW cheating program.
“Our ultimate goal is to create the best games in the world, and that means we need to protect our games and safeguard our players’ experiences with them,” Blizzard said in an official PR statement. “Server emulators that use Blizzard’s IP facilitate piracy and offer unauthorized, inconsistent gaming experiences can damage Blizzard’s reputation and goodwill with players. We take these types of threats very seriously and will continue to take every available measure to protect our rights globally.”