Blizzard Entertainment has won a lawsuit against a World of Warcraft bot company for $7 million.
According to a report on GamesIndustry, the suit was originally filed by Blizzard Entertainment against Ceiling Fan Software in December 2011. Ceiling Fan Software was allegedly behind a number of World of Warcraft bots, including Shadow Bot and Pocket Gnome.
A California Court has ordered Ceiling Fan Software to cease operations and pay Blizzard Entertainment $7 million in damages. A statement posted on the Ceiling Fan Software website cites “two years of legal battles” by the organisation to “both pursue our right to operate and our customer’s right to play WoW as they choose”.
Ceiling Fan Software is accepting donations to assist with “outstanding legal fees”.
Parent company Activision Blizzard revealed a drop in World of Warcraft subscribers earlier this year. Despitedipping to 7.7 million active players, the publisher revealed that the game remains the most popular subscription-based MMO in the world.
Subscribers for World of Warcraft peaked at over 12 million in October 2010. The original World of Warcraft game was released in 2004, and was followed by four expansion packs: Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, and Mists of Pandaria.
A film adaptation of the Warcraft universe is scheduled to begin filming in 2014.