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4-30-2009 @ 3:39AM
Anyone who thinks this is a bandwidth issue needs a little perspective. Sites like WoW-achievements, warcrafter, all the souped up (or slimmed down) armory sites, WoWJutsu (if anyone still uses it), and the huge number of arena and pve progression sites out there all likely use several times more bandwidth than an app like Characters. The reason being is that these sorts of sites frequently make huge numbers of queries at a time (specifically, I'm thinking of sites where you can search for a guild and any non-cached characters will all be queried simultaneously).I can sort of understand going after the pay-based apps after they went after addon devs. Maybe the free ones got caught in the crossfire. If going after the freebies isn't just a case of mistaken identity, though, I have to believe they're clearing house for their own app. If they really didn't want people to integrate their armory into other things they wouldn't have written the code for easy export. It also doesn't make much sense from a business standpoint. Common logic says that if people like you more they'll do business with you more and the costs to blizz for these little fan projects is clearly worth it. Hell, just the fact that it's mobile means you can have WoW on your mind more and get yourself more excited to come home and play.
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