I’ve not met a single World of Warcraft die-hard friend who appreciates gold sellers and buyers. However, gold selling has been a constant ever since the game kicked off.
This week PayPal has started to do something about it. The eBay owned money mover has started to shutdown accounts belonging to some of the biggest sellers out there.
“How?” You might well ask along with “Why?”
Blizzard has complained to PayPal that the gold selling is a breach of their intellectual property (IP). It’s become a legal issue.
I certainly wonder if PayPal are entirely happy about this. I imagine the Wow gold trade made them a pretty penny.
Over at Curse they’ve got the text of the email PayPal are sending.
You were reported to PayPal as an ntellectual Properties violation by Blizzard Entertainment Inc. for the sale of World of Warcraft Merchandise.
If you feel your sales do not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of the Reporting Party, please complette the attached Objection to Infringement Report by January 21, 2011.
The completed form should be faxed to the attention of the Acceptable Use Policy Department at [number removed] or emailed to [email removed].
Should you choose not to object to the report, you will be required to remove all World of Warcraft Merchandise from the website [url removed] in order to comply with the Acceptable Use Policy.
What do you think? Is this a good and wise move by Blizzard? Will it change the World of Warcraft economy in any significant way?