Is Blizzard changing the industry's stance on ownership of intangible objects?
With the new Real Money auction house to be released in Diablo 3 will this change the gaming industries stance on ownership of characters and items? Is this not also a violation of Paypal's Terms of Service which states that you cannot sell items that are not intangible?
not only is it a violation i think you would have to make a tax code if you ever made money off diablo 3 or played it
Well with it connected to Paypal they require all that information and send out W2's so its not a matter of requiring tax information by Blizzard. I'm sure many gamers will however consider it a job. I can see it now when you apply for another job an
I'm not sure what the legal ramifications are, but Blizzard isn't the first company to do this. Other free-to-play MMOs have been selling costumes and special items for years now, and none of them are a tangible product. It's the same when it comes to downloading a video game to your computer. You don't have a box or a disc, but you purchased the game. Maybe tangibility will be represented by computer disc space. Either way, I can't blame them for doing it. They're trying desperately to combat gold farmers and the like who not only screw up the in-game economy but make loads of cash doing it. Personally, I won't participate in a real-money auction house. I assume it will be implemented for their next MMO, but I have no interest in using it. I prefer a game that I can buy once and play as long as I want, not one that asks me to pay for every bit of content that it should have come with in the first place.
I currently have the Diablo 3 beta and one of the options currently on their real money auction house is to buy and sell gold with cash. This doesn't exactly combat gold sellers it actually seems to support them. It just seems to be a way for Blizzar
No man, it doesn't. You haven't heard about Entropia Universe, have you?
Its is not a violation of paypal's service. You just don't have complete buyer protection on intangible items, ie: you cant open an "item received differently" or "item not received" claim and hope to actually get your money back on intangible goods. eBay's terms of service say you cannot list auctions for intangible items within a game, like wow gold, etc. However, you can still list intangible items if they are attached to anything remotely physical, such as those little cards with unique codes they hand out at all the Blizzcons which usually give players special mounts or pets in WoW, those are able to be listed on eBay.
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