A company called Worlds Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for infringing a patent the company holds related to virtual worlds. Let the trolling begin anew. Worlds Inc. claims that the company is violating a patent it holds related to "systems and method for enabling users to interact in a virtual space." The company alleges in its claim that Activision's World of Warcraft and Call of Duty games violate its patents and that it is due compensation for it.
This is not the first time the company has sued an MMO maker: in 2008 it sued NCsoft for its City of Heroes game. The case was dismissed in 2010 after NCsoft reportedly paid the company an undisclosed settlement.
"Technologies created by Worlds have helped the businesses of virtual worlds gaming and the sale of virtual goods to grow into a multi-billion dollar industry," said Worlds Inc. CEO Thomas Kidrin. "While we are pleased to see that the gaming industry and its rapidly growing customer base have enthusiastically embraced our patented technologies, we deserve fair compensation for their use."
No doubt the firm is looking for a resolution similar to what it came to with NCsoft. But this lawsuit might prove to be a "poking the bear" moment for the firm, because Activision Blizzard certainly has a substantial war chest at its disposal to have a serious legal fight.
You can learn more about all the patents Worlds Inc. owns here.
Source: GamesIndustry International