Blizzard wins $88 million in lawsuit against private server company


Judge Margaret M. Morrow of the California Central District Court has just ruled in favor of Blizzard Entertainment in a lawsuit against Scapegaming for copyright infringement. Scapegaming had been running private World of Warcraft servers, which included a micro-transactions market before Blizzard sued them in October of 2009.

Scapegaming has been ordered to pay Blizzard a total sum of $88,594,589 for their shenanigans. According to, the total reward comes from $3,053,339 of inappropriate profits, $63,600 for attorney fees, and a whopping $85,478,600 for statutory damages. Scapegaming has the option to appeal the amount owed.

Aug 16, 2010

Source: WoW.comRFC Express

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  • Severian126 - August 24, 2010 8:22 a.m.

    To the people complaining about Blizzard being you guys even know how business operates? This isn't like those idiotic tech patent lawsuits being thrown left and right. These retards were actively making money off Blizz's property. When you steal money from the bank, chances are you will return that money and serve a decade or so in prison. Those statutory damages? Think prison term converted into $$.
  • IHateMakingUserIDs - August 18, 2010 5:48 p.m.

    Blizzard had to sue them. If a company doesn't protect their trademarks, copyrights, intellectual property, and so forth from everyone it sets precedence which can open the door to a whole load of other people/companies profiting off of their property. Clearly Blizzard are not hurting for cash, but such a large sum is a deterrent factor for others trying to follow scapegamings idea. Also it's set so high to knock scapegaming out of business.
  • the_beautiful_Chris_Antista - August 18, 2010 2:43 a.m.

    Honestly, the $85 million seems more symbolic like with how Bernie Madoff got 150 years. This shows that the courts do take theft like this seriously.
  • SolarPoweredShitMachine - August 17, 2010 6:03 p.m.

    "and a whopping $85,478,600 for statutory damages." Where the hell did they get that figure from? Seriously. This should not be above $10 million.
  • WickedSid - August 17, 2010 1:01 p.m.

    D(ual)P(ostage): You enjoy it, Don't Cha? P-Mutha-Fuckin'-S: They made 3 million dollars off of Blizzard, which means Blizzard can sue them for whatever the Fuck they want. Go rob a bank, make sure they have $3mil, and have fun enjoying the repercussions.
  • WickedSid - August 17, 2010 12:57 p.m.

    BazyLastard, you are absolutely correct. ScapeGaming were making money off of Blizzard's Property without their consent... ... Its essentially Rape, without all the damaging effects. FrozenFury... Don't be an Idiot. Go steal a few things and see if there are not any negative consequences.
  • CurryIsGood - August 17, 2010 7:28 a.m.

    I hope Blizzard makes something quality with this and doesent let Activision get to them
  • FrozenFury - August 17, 2010 3:10 a.m.

    That's not smart business it's greed, 88 million if they have millions of players that have a subscribition to WoW they make more then enough, by just having 1 million they make around 15 million dollars a month.... WoW makes more then the movie industry. They're just greedy, and don't say "How dare they want money to pay their workers" .... That's just dumb... lol That means that they were in debt, and they weren't getting enough money so they purposly chose to sue someone. The more money you make the more you want it's just human nature it's greed. People always worship the rich when they are the first to sue you for doing something wrong, people need to think ffs.
  • BazyLastard - August 16, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    Seriously, everyone crying about how greedy Blizzard is for how much money they "won" is pretty clueless about business. I'm sure to Blizzard this wasn't about recouping any financial losses--it was about sending a message to every other would-be Scapegaming company out there that it's just not worth the risk to try. And frankly, that's just smart business.
  • geneticallyalteredsupergiraffeejaculatinggrenades - August 16, 2010 11:38 p.m.

    Yah how dare they want money for their work so that their employees can get paid. What a bunch of assholes
  • SumthingStupid - August 16, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    why do they need money? they must be BIG CRYBABIES over at blizzard
  • xerroz - August 16, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    $85 million..really? That's kinda pathetic of ActivisionBlizzard...sure what they did is illegal but anything over $5 Million is just ridiculous. Greedy assholes
  • CountZero - August 16, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    Yeah, running a private WoW server and charging for it was spectacularly stupid. 88 million though? The court might as well have found them liable for infinity dollars, considering how likely Blizzard is to actually collect the amount.
  • ChrisCultista - August 16, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    I understand that they broke the copyright, but 88 million? WTF!? Thats a little steep.
  • InstantTitKill - August 16, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    Crimmy, 88 million is not a billion, it's not even a tenth of a billion...
  • Crimmy - August 16, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    And Blizzard was already worth over 8 billion. I guess that's 9 billion now.
  • JohnDagger - August 16, 2010 9:58 p.m.

    88 million...i see Activision has begun to extend its grasp on Blizzard.
  • BazyLastard - August 16, 2010 9:58 p.m.

    Here's a novel idea: spend the money to hire some in-game GMs that can, you know, actually respond quickly to kick players that are spewing their garbage in trade and generally ruining immersion and fun for other players. But since that will never happen, I'll just find another game to play.
  • BadLadJon - August 16, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    i guess if i had a a major succesful company and other people were making money for my game, i'd be pissed and sue there ass too :P
  • AnonymouZ - August 16, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    i lul'd when they were purposefully making profit (instead of receving "donations") they were asking for it. nvm if blizzard has enough Billions, the other dudes were just dumbasses.

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