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Court Rules in Favor of Blizzard in WoW Bot Lawsuit

Back in December 2011, Blizzard Entertainment filed a law suit against Ceiling Fan, a company that developed two bots – Pocket Gnome and Shadow bot, that gave World of Warcraft players an unnecessary advantage over others.

Both companies had been battling in court for the past two years and today the federal court of California came to a decision by ruling in favor of Blizzard Entertainment and awarding them with $7 million. Additionally the court granted Blizzard a permanent injunction against Ceiling Fan that prevents the company from selling, licensing, operating and allowing others to use the bots.

The court agreed that Ceiling Fan sold the software knowing fully well that it was against World of Warcraft’s terms of use, which clearly states that using bots is a violation of the end-user license agreement.

Earlier this year, Ceiling Fan reported to have had generated revenue of more than $289,000 from its software. At the same time around 1,400 World of Warcraft players had either received warnings, suspensions or bans from Blizzard for using the said software.

“We are very sorry that we can no longer offer our products and we understand that you may be concerned about this result,” said Josh Becker, co-founder of Ceiling Fan, in a statement on the company’s website.

Ceiling Fan has now opened up a PayPal account to help cover the cost of its legal fees. In case anyone wants to donate can head over its official website now.

Source Ceiling Fan Software