Blizzard Entrainment creators of the popular World of Warcraft MMORPG games has won a default judgement against Scapegaming the operator of a private server used to access World of Warcraft.
Alyson Reeves, operator of Scapegaming, has been ordered to pay $88 million to Blizzard, who accused Reeves of copyright infringement, unfair competition and circumvention of copyright protection systems as well as other allegations.
Scapegaming allowed users to access the World of Warcraft game without using official Blizzard servers, thereby circumventing subscription fees, helping 427,000 users play illegally.
A U.S. District court judge took the size of the community, 427,000 and multiplied that figure by $200 “per act of circumvention.”
Totalling : $3 million in disgorged profits, $85.4 million in statutory damages and $64,000 in attorney fees.