Blizzard will move to the next stage in the legal case against BNETD programmers on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, as reported by the Electronic Frontier Foundation website. If Blizzard won, it would set a precedent against modders that create illegal servers. Thumbs up! Share your comments in our Forum
Along with co-counsel Paul Grewal of Day Casebeer, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is representing three open source software engineers who reverse-engineered an aspect of Blizzard’s Battlenet game server in order to create a free software game server called BnetD that works with lawfully purchased Blizzard games. The BnetD server lets gamers have a wider range of options when playing online. The lower court held that the reverse-engineering of the games needed to create this new option for consumers was illegal.
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals will determine whether the three software programmers were in violation of the anticircumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and Blizzard Games’ end user license agreement (EULA). EFF will argue that the DMCA expressly protects the programming and distributing of programs such as BnetD and this protection cannot be undercut by general state contract law as applied to EULAs.
Blizzard announced the release of the new Website for World of Warcraft Taiwan at
Taiwan is a new market targeted by Blizzard to expand their successful MMORPG franchise. In a recent interview, Paul Sams—Blizzard VP of Business Operations, hinted of new markets they plan to expand to around the globe.
Blizzard announced new changes that will be implemented into Battlegrounds Alterac Valley in the upcoming days that will affect and enhance the way a faction of players advances through the field to take towers, and will help shorten the length of time that it takes to beat the other faction. Ordinn reported that changes will alter NPC/Guard spawn and attack behavior to stop the massive train of guards, along with changes to Ivus, Lokholar the icelord, and Korrak. Looting will be made fair by capping the amount of items per Battleground Alterac game that you join. This will help to balance looting and it will stop loot-ninjas which dedicate to steal loot to increase their reputation. Read the full details below . . .
Blizzard has released a new Windows Media Skin with a World of Warcraft theme. It is rare to see Blizzard release skins, hope more comes out:
Microsoft Games for Windows has just released a new skin for Windows Media Player 10 that will help bring out your inner warrior, or rogue, or hunter, or mage, or druid…while watching videos or listening to your favorite songs online (such as one of the many World of Warcraft MP3s we’ve posted on the World of Warcraft community site). Grab the new World of Warcraft Windows Media Player skin here
The event we announced recently where World of Warcraft music by Jason Hayes will be played by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra in Leipzig, Germany has been completely sold out. No more tickets are available. In previous years, there were additional tickets sold. We will keep you updated if this year the same occurs. The complete concert program is online now; all game and song titles have been revealed. More details below.
Blizzard released a new Custom User Interface Toolkit! which enables you to customize your World of Warcraft interface to suit your specific needs. You may download it Here to give it a try.
With the introduction of Battlegrounds, Blizzard announced in a new Press Release that World of Warcraft has now reached two million worldwide subscribers
World of Warcraft had a new patch during the server maintenance schedule today.
Fixed an assertion that was preventing Mac clients from playing in he Battlegrounds and causing a memory leak on Windows PCs when they did.
Improved error reporting to give more useful information to development
In an interview with Paul Sams made at GamesIndustry.biz, he says that a product release date might be announced very soon. And that the multiplayer aspect of the game is undergoing a lot of new technology.
“What’s your release timeline for Ghost?
We haven’t announced a new release timeline, but I would say that that’s something we’ll probably be sharing in the relatively short term future. “
GamesInudstry.biz—a popular gaming analyst site by EuroGamer, interviewed Blizzard VP of Business Operations, Paul Sams. This interview Paul Sams talks extensively about how the launch of World of Warcraft in America blew apart their expectations and caught them unprepared, as the projections and preparation for a one year prediction became reality within first week of launch, which caused server stability to decrease at first. Paul Sams also comments on the success in Europe, and Korea. Currently 1.5 million paying subscribers play World of Warcraft worldwide. China is still in closed beta and the projections of the demand on Closed beta players is staggering. Paul Sams also mentions that Taiwan will be the next market where World of Warcraft will be launched. The part that seems optimistic for other languages is the fact that Blizzard wishes to reaches other markets. Spanish / India ? It is a mystery. Although no much was revealed, Paul Sams admits of a World of Warcraft expansion.
The possibility of World of Warcraft going Xbox 360 is not been decided. It is under analysis at this point and no decisions have been made. Paul Sams admits that Blizzard has been in contact with Microsoft about Xbox 360. Just don’t hold your breath. Read the Full Interview