Blizzard hit with lawsuit over Battle.net security

Nov 12, 2012
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Blizzard hit with lawsuit over Battle.net security

To many, securing your Battle.net account with one of the authenticators Blizzard offers is just the way the game is played. Folks have been using authenticators to secure their Battle.net accounts for years now, but one player has decided he's had enough. His name is Benjamin Bell, and he's the leading plaintiff in a new class action lawsuit brought against Blizzard.

According to IGN, Bell claims that Blizzard is "deceptively and unfairly" charging players extra for authenticators to secure their accounts, and he'd also like to see Blizzard stop requiring that players sign into Battle.net to play the studio's games. Blizzard has required a Battle.net sign up for quite some time now, though Battle.net was around for years before it was turned into a required part of Blizzard's games.

The suit also claims that Blizzard hasn't done its part in making sure that Battle.net is secure. We can see the problems players have with physical authenticators - after all, Blizzard charges $6.50 for each one - but there's also a smartphone authenticator app that's free to use. In any case, Blizzard is going to fight this lawsuit, telling IGN, "This suit is without merit and filled with patently false information, and we will vigorously defend ourselves through the appropriate legal channels."

We're not really sure how this lawsuit is going to go, but we're almost positive that if Bell comes out on top, the amount of money Blizzard players get will be negligible. Then again, it's clear that this suit is more about getting Blizzard to change the way it operates Battle.net than it is about money. Keep it tuned here to SlashGear, as we'll have more details for you once they surface.


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