Blizzard has shut down a major WoW bot-maker and won a substantial legal judgment against the company.
Blizzard Entertainment has won $7 million in a long-running lawsuit against a World of Warcraft bot company.
Blizzard initially filed suit against Ceiling Fan Software in December 2011. Ceiling Fan was responsible for a number of WoW bots – the most popular of which were Shadow Bot and Pocket Gnome – and has now been ordered by a California court to cease operations and pay Blizzard $7 million in damages.
“After more than two years of legal battles with Blizzard Entertainment to both pursue our right to operate and our customer’s right to play WoW as they choose, we did not prevail in the suit and have been ordered by the United States District Court in California to cease our operations,” a statement on the Ceiling Fan website read.
Any WoW players who can supply details about what these bots did and if you’re happy they’re gone? As for the financial aspects of the case, I’d estimate that 1) Blizzard spent more than $7m in legal fees, and 2) they won’t see a dime of the judgment since the botters spent all their money losing in court. Conveniently, there’s a popular image macro that sums the whole thing up from Blizzard’s PoV: