Activision Blizzard has received $6 million in damages, courtesy of MDY industries; the company behind MMOglider used in the popular World of Warcraft game.

Blizzard began the case against the company on the premise that the software violated copyright, reports BBC news. It was ruled that the use of the software broke the rules of the license agreement which players accept when creating an account.

From BBC news:

  • Although sizable the damages award could have been bigger, say experts, if MDY had not won some of its arguments about damages in court.
  • It was also helped by an admission in court that it would be reasonable to pay some form of damages.
  • The damages award could be delayed if Blizzard appeals against the judgment which threw out its claim to double or triple the cash settlement.
  • The case is due to go to court again in January 2009 when the remaining issues in the legal conflict look likely to be settled.

The glider company sold around 100,000 copies of the $25 software (which lets you stop playing your games!). I’m no mathematician, but I know that the $6,000,000 exceeds this by a wide margin. Looks like MDY industries has both fallen on its face and has to pay for its ambulance (and the only one available was plated in gold). Now that’s a metaphor!

Source: BBC News via GameCyte