I hate Activision just as much as the next guy. But this sounds like total bullshit patent.
i'll acquire patents, then 6 years later sue companies and get da money
Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war.
The Lawyers of Activision have awoken.
I despise Activision and Capitalist Demon-King Beelzebob more than the next man, but this patent trolling reeks of capitalist fascism strong enough to turn my contemptful gaze from the demon for long enough to condemn such vile patent-trolling and tell this so-called "Worlds Inc." to go eat it's own eyeballs.
I did read it btw, but I didn't quite understand... They are sueing because their games have interaction systems from other companies?
I'm sorry, what? That kinda sounds like as if I patented talking and then sued everyone who ever spoke a word.
But WoW has been around for years, CoD too.
Why are they complaining now?
wow. I hope they get told to fuck off.
Perfect example of Patent trolls, patents that broad shouldn't be able to be held by a single company.
I really fucking hate it when people abuse patents.
Oh hai there multi-player games... We got you a court summons.
this should never work, like, ever... this "interacting in a virtual space" has been happening for more than 15 years, how the fuck are you gonna be like "imma sue these guys now after theyve been doing it for many years"
Wait, what's the actual patent for?
You've got to be kidding me. Jesus Christ I hate software patents.
Couldn't they sue like, everyone? All games take place in virtual worlds. Either way I can't wait for Blizzard to crush them with their pinky.
Not the biggest fan of Activision but i hope the Activision lawyers rapes the other company into the fucking ground, it's what they deserve.
Isn't it illegal to wait until a company is massive, then sue them for a patent you knew they were violating?
Wow, these fuckers are back? Fun fact: They used to have their address on their website, but it was a residential address. Somebody didn't want us knowing they were being run out of Mom's basement.
Edit: oh look the address is still there.
11 Royal Road Brookline, MA 02445
Its right next to a nursing home.
Brb, suing every business ever for violating my patent on 'goods and services'.
Havent there been a few patent trolls do stuff like this?
Pretty sure a few years back Worlds tried to sue Blizzard, SWG, Lineage etc because they supposedly infringed on a patent to have a chat service in an MMO, never went anywhere.
This is the patent in question for this case: http://www.worlds.com/text/PatentNo2_7181690.pdf
Afaik it pretty much details things like chat, voice chat, movement etc.
Oh shit we need money, let's use our extremely broad patent and sue the publishers of the most profitable games out there.
Yeah, the one time I don't hate Activision. They may be massively evil, but sometimes a greater evil appears that requires cooperation for elimination.
Or Team Fortress 2? That's a freaking virtual space. And users interact with each other by shooting each other.
Heck, they could sue Garry, and Notch also, assuming they do any interactions in America.
This is terrible.
That patent should never have been allowed to exist, it pretty much patents everything that happens in a game.
So they have a patent on..... Multi-player?
Sounds like horseshit to me. Not that they probably have a outdated and terribly constructed patent but that they think they can really go up against Activision. Following that logic they should sue every company that has produced a game in in the last, well however many years they have had this thing which will not end well for this World Inc. group.
Surely they cant win?
Activision should file a complaint with the patent office for a broad patent that is similar to patenting fucking air. This is basic shit that is in EVERY Multi-player game.