Good day everyone,
So the EULA for players under the umbrella of WG NA is having a few revisions and being tied in with it’s Terms of Service. There’s nothing particularly new in it, however the World of Warships community on Reddit have pointed out a few items of curiosity that some of you are undoubtedly familiar with, and will be interesting to see debated in the comments. Now, being the EULA for WG NA, this applies to World of Tanks, WoT Console, Warships, Warplanes et. al.:
- Change to ownership
“5.4 Ownership of Your Account. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY HEREIN, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU SHALL HAVE NO OWNERSHIP OR OTHER PROPERTY INTEREST IN YOUR ACCOUNT, AND THAT ALL RIGHTS IN AND TO YOUR ACCOUNT ARE AND SHALL FOREVER BE OWNED BY AND INURE TO THE BENEFIT OF WARGAMING. YOU FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU HAVE NO CLAIM, RIGHT, TITLE, OWNERSHIP, OR OTHER PROPRIETARY INTEREST IN THE ADDITIONAL FEATURES (AS DEFINED BELOW) THAT YOU UNLOCK OR ACCUMULATE, REGARDLESS OF ANY CONSIDERATION OFFERED OR PAID IN EXCHANGE FOR SUCH ADDITIONAL FEATURES. FURTHERMORE, WARGAMING SHALL NOT BE LIABLE IN ANY MANNER FOR THE DESTRUCTION, DELETION, MODIFICATION, IMPAIRMENT, HACKING, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGE OR LOSS OF ANY KIND CAUSED TO THE GAME CONTENT OR ADDITIONAL FEATURES, INCLUDING THE DELETION OF GAME CONTENT OR ADDITIONAL FEATURES UPON THE TERMINATION OR EXPIRATION OF YOUR ACCOUNT.”
Now, unlike the linked Reddit post, most of us know this has always been the case, and has been for digital goods for some time. Though with the recent announcement of changes to PMM tanks in the future, it’d interesting to hear your opinions on it.
9.3.6 the Fansite will not post material that is disparaging, illegal or infringes on the rights of any third party or that damages (or that might damage) the reputation of Wargaming or of any of the Games;
9.4 If you fail to comply with any of the terms set out in this section, we reserve the right to terminate your license over the Fansite Content and also to close your Account.
EDIT: For clarification- a ‘fansite’ in this case is a site designed with a WG provided package of designs and other content. Things like Reddit and this blog aren’t included in this definition. Apologies for any confusion.
Now, we all know a certain development team in WG NA’s area that pushes the line over something like this, but it is interesting to see something like this in writing, especially with users being hit by unfair moderation across WG’s game forums, and NA chirping in with little idea of what was going on during the whole mess with SirFoch last year.
So what do you all think? With some of the changes being announced in World of Tanks, and WG’s lack of grace in handling negative feedback in the past, these sorts of things are pretty relevant again. With EULAs being a bit of a grey area, with certain states here having firm stances on these sorts of things not being legally binding in any way, this could be an interesting topic for discussion.
For those interested in reading over the full EULA, take a look here.
For further clarification, yes, none of this is anything specifically new, as stated in the opening. This is merely meant for discussion considering recent changes announced for testing.