In an effort to stop players breaking the rules of World of Warcraft, Blizzard has set out to sue WoW Glider creator Michael Donnelly and his company MDY Industries.
His program, Blizzard believes, encourages the unwashed horde (fact) to break the End User License Agreement they virtually nod their heads to each time they log into the game. No unauthorised third-party programs that enable or facilitate cheating of any kind are allowed.
Donnelly's program, WoW Glider, plays the popular MMO with no user input from you, grinding and levelling whilst you do other things, like sleep, and buy more Jaffa Cakes. A full version (of WoW Glider, not Jaffa Cakes) is available from the website for US$ 25.
"WoW Glider is a tool that plays your World of Warcraft character for you, the way you want it," the website boasts. "It grinds, it loots, it skins, it heals, it even farms soul shards... without you."
Blizzard wants all the rights to the software and website handed over, as well as all profits derived from the product popped into its oversized bank account to cover attorney costs and emotional damage.
Legally, the developer of the game argues, WoW Glider bypasses copyright protection procedures by not loading the game through an official launcher, in addition to infringing on Blizzard's intellectual property.