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Mythic sued over EULA

Restricting the sale of items and characters is a gross violation, apparently

BlackSnow Interactive is a company that locates rare and expensive items in massively multiplayer online RPGs such as Anarchy Online and Dark Age of Camelot and then sells them on its website. With seven full-time employees, it is the largest professional gamesmanship organisation this writer is aware of. It is also suing Mythic Entertainment, the creators of DAOC for restricting the sale of items and characters in its EULA. The issue of how legally binding EULA documents truly are has been a grey area for some time now. The EULA is that long-winded legal-looking document that appears with the option to click Yes or No during the installation of a new computer game. Without really thinking about it, the average PC gamer has probably clicked through hundreds in his time, without pausing once to examine the contents… The basis of BlackSnow's suit is that Mythic is guilty of "various anti-trust, copyright and anti-competitive issues". Firstly, there are obvious arguments in favour of Mythic's EULA: that hogging all the rare items makes the game more frustrating for proper players; that selling high-level accounts to newbies endangers the lives of any characters they team their inexperience with; that frankly it contradicts the spirit of the whole game. Ignoring these compelling arguments in search of a quick buck, the seven-strong BlackSnow Interactive (or BS Interactive as we prefer to call them) defends its case stating on its website that the company deals in 'time'. BS Interactive's Director of Sales (and camping) Lee Cadwell speaks out in the company's press release: "What it comes down to is, does a MMORPG player have rights to his time, or does Mythic own that player's time? It is unfair of Mythic to stop those who wish to sell their items, currency or even their own accounts, which were created with their own time. Mythic, in my opinion, and hopefully the court's, does not have the copyright ownership to regulate what a player does with his or her own time or to determine how much that time is worth on the free market." Cadwell goes on to describe Mythic's actions as an "attempt to stifle competition in their own game." The backlash against BS Interactive has been immense. Its legal discussions forum has over 500 posts, most of them condemning the action. Many players believe that hogging all the decent items and selling them to newbies is tantamount to destroying the game. Some have even said they will sue BS Interactive if it wins its case. Having ascertained that BS Interactive's action is not simply a wind-up, we'd like to address this issue of "anti-competitiveness". The dictionary definition of a competitor is "one that competes with another, as in sports or business; a rival". That doesn't really fit, does it? No, but we found another definition which fits like a glove, so don't worry. Parasite. n. An organism that grows, feeds, and is sheltered on or in a different organism while contributing nothing to the survival of its host. Related Feature - Dark Age of Europe

Source - press release