Friday, April 13th 2012

Activision Blizzard Being Sued for Virtual World Infringement

ShackNews is reporting Activision Blizzard is being sued by Worlds Inc., for violating a patent on virtual worlds. The firm claims that games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft violate its patent, and are requesting "fair compensation." The patent covers a "system and method for enabling users to interact in a virtual space," reports Games Industry International. That may sound broad, but the company did manage to get an undisclosed settlement out of NCSoft for City of Heroes in 2010. "Technologies created by Worlds have helped the businesses of virtual worlds gaming and the sale of virtual goods to grow into a multi-billion dollar industry," said Worlds CEO Thom Kidrin. "While we are pleased to see that the gaming industry and its rapidly growing customer base have enthusiastically embraced our patented technologies, we deserve fair compensation for their use." No response yet from Activision Blizzard.Source: ShackNews
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54 Comments on Activision Blizzard Being Sued for Virtual World Infringement

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entropy13
AsRock said:
NWN MMO ?. Erm pretty sure it's a RPG usingi the D&D rules.
NWN's first incarnation was as an MMO. AOL sponsored too. LOL
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xenocide
entropy13 said:
NWN's first incarnation was as an MMO. AOL sponsored too. LOL
It also cost a god damn fortune to play.
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AsRock
TPU addict
Jizzler said:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neverwinter_Nights_(AOL_game)





I remember playing it! :D (only a little though... near the end)

The 2002 version by Bioware probably does not qualify as massive. It did support 96 players at any one time, which was a lot, but not massive. Battlefield 1942, released the same year, supported 64.
Cool, never knew about it which i find very odd. Maybe i was to busy playing games like syndicate and few flight sims back then or passed it up or maybe it never made it to the UK as that's were i was living then ?.

entropy13 said:
NWN's first incarnation was as an MMO. AOL sponsored too. LOL
Yeah well America Online kinda says it all maybe ?. I guess they did not advertise it well enough but then thinking more about it being online was not a priority back then.
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Bundy
If Activision stole their idea then they deserve to be sued. Yet another example of US technology being pirated by foreigners.
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