About a week ago, Blizzard made another stride in putting a stop to real money trading: the practice of selling virtual goods for real world money, when not endorsed by the studio developing the game. This is fairly rampant in World of Warcraft, and is the cause of constant chat spam by these RMT agents. They pose as players and advertise their “deals” on gold, characters, powerleveling, and the acquisition of highly coveted items.
Well unfortunately for them — though fortunate for everyone else on the planet — it’s no longer okay for World of Warcraft virtual goods to be sold through PayPal. Or at least the “major” resellers for now; PayPal has not contacted all resellers just yet. If they get around to it, that’s going to sting, as the service currently accounts for a substantial portion of online transactions.
Blizzard filed complaints with PayPal claiming “Intellectual Properties violation” for the “sale of World of Warcraft Merchandise.” PayPal has honored these complaints, and has sent notices to all affected parties stating that they must stop providing these “services” on their website(s). If they refuse, they can no longer use PayPal as a payment option.
You were reported to PayPal as an Intellectual 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.
This of course is going to hurt the gold sellers the most, though PayPal will probably see a reduction in revenue due to the lack of fees collected by these transactions. But I’m sure they’re fine with that, considering the alternative could have been a court case that — regardless of a win or loss — would have no doubt been long and drawn out.