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Virtual Legality Episode 373

Activision Strips Warzone Players of Paid-For Battlepass Benefits

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When Activision announced a "unified" progression track across its Call of Duty franchise, it also heavily implied that one could invest in one or more of the titles in such progression without fear of losing the value of that investment.

But now, with Warzone being updated to accommodate a new season focused on the latest Call of Duty game, Black Ops: Cold War, players that had invested in only the Warzone (and not Modern Warfare) universe are finding the value of that investment cut down significantly.

Is such a move legal? What of Activision's standard end user license agreement (EULA) terms? And what does it mean that so many appear to have been taken by surprise by the change?

Let's dive in.

Some of this stuff is getting pretty darn close to the line...in Virtual Legality.

#Activision #Warzone #CoD


Discussed in this episode:

"Activision has moved all of the COD Warzone XP tokens..."
Tweet - December 17, 2020 - Nessuno
https://twitter.com/NessunoIm/status/1339500793565564928

"Modern Warfare’s Double XP tokens no longer work in Call of Duty: Warzone"
Polygon - December 17, 2020 - Austen Goslin
https://www.polygon.com/call-of-duty/2020/12/16/22179143/call-of-duty-warzone-modern-warfares-double-xp-tokens-multiplayer-black-ops-cold-war-battle-pass

"Is this ok?..."
Reddit Thread - December 16, 2020
https://www.reddit.com/r/CODWarzone/comments/ke6e0t/is_this_ok_they_have_stripped_us_for_xp_tokens/

"Removing xp tokens..."
Reddit Thread - December 16, 2020
https://www.reddit.com/r/CODWarzone/comments/ke8ft2/removing_xp_tokens_is_a_fucking_scummy_move/?sort=top

"Modern Warfare XP Tokens no longer available in Warzone"
Charlie Intel - December 16, 2020 - Liam Mackay
https://charlieintel.com/modern-warfare-xp-tokens-no-longer-available-in-warzone/73292/

"BATTLE PASS"
Call of Duty Webpage
https://www.callofduty.com/warzone/strategyguide/pre-game-preparation/battlepass

"TERMS OF USE"
Activision Legal Webpage
https://www.activision.com/legal/terms-of-use

"Unfair methods of competition unlawful; prevention by Commission"
15 USC 45
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/15/45

"Unfair, unconscionable, or deceptive methods, acts, or practices in conduct of trade or commerce; rules; applicability of subsection (1)(hh)."
MCL 445.903 (MI)
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(qpjyuugfaalks2vwgcjgdfdm))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-445-903


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

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