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I may have mentioned it in passing, but there have been so many other interesting things happening in the industry that I never thanked EBay for delisting all auctions for virtual property.
This move won't stop or slow down the runaway freight train that is the real money trading industry. It will just transfer the sales to the independent gold farmers. It does show that EBay doesn't trust the sellers and that they aren't comfortable that they in fact own what they are selling.
"Mr. Hani Durzy, speaking for eBay, explained that the decision to pull these items was due to the 'legal complexities' surrounding virtual property. "For the overall health of the marketplace" the company felt that the proper course of action, after considerable contemplation, was to ban the sale of these items outright."
In effect, EBay is stating that the virtual property belongs to the developer/publisher of the game and not to the player, which is the same thing that most of the developers have been saying all along in their EULAs.
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Loading... February 1, 2007 [Delisted Edition]