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5-26-2011 @ 5:28PM
The blame here is on the Johns and the Gold Farmers (the Johns create demand, the Gold Farmers meet demand), but the liability still falls on Blizzard. Blizzard has a fiduciary responsibility to its account owners, and by failing to properly supervise in-game transactions an environment has enabled this type of unethical behavior (I think I've worked in finance too long!).Is it Blizzard's fault? Not necessarily, but ultimately it is their responsibility to respond appropriately. Control systems need to be put in place to prevent this type of behavior from occurring going forward.Blizzard has historically been a decent company, what with revenue from pet sales going to relief efforts and so on, and I hope they will - somehow - do the right thing here, as well.
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